TURLOCK — The Turlock Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold their sixth prescription drug take-back in three years Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The aim is to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving people a safe way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Medications for disposal may be taken to the Turlock Police Department, 900 N. Palm St. The serv-ice is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In September, U.S. residents turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous take-back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds of pills.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to a news release from Turlock police. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses involving the drugs.
In addition, people are advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.