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DROP OFF UNWANTED PRESCRIPTIONS AT MORE THAN 25 OC LOCATIONS ON NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAY

Drop off medications Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on “National Take Back Day” Saturday, October 28 at more than 25 locations throughout Orange County.
 
“This is a great opportunity for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets while helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of those they love. One of the main sources of drug misuse is prescription pain medication taken from a friend or family member,” said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. “The opioid epidemic is nationwide and it’s important we address it through participating in events like National Take Back Day.”
 
This initiative, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by reducing the risk of accidental poisonings and overdoses as well as potential for misuse, and abuse. The DEA advises against flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash since both pose potential safety and health hazards; so Take Back locations provide a great opportunity to properly dispose of expired and/or unused medications.
 
The drop-off service is free and anonymous. To locate a collection site in your area, please visit the DEA’s website here or call 800-882-9539. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County - including other ways to dispose of unneeded medications year-round - visit ochealthinfo.com/adept.