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Thursday, April 24, 2014

San Francisco Cops Want Your Prescription Pills

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:39 AM


Do you have any unused prescription drugs that are just sitting around, tempting you? In the spirit of spring cleaning (your house and your health), here's your chance to kick that pill-popping habit and dump that cache of prescription pills from your nightstand.

On Saturday, all San Francisco Police Stations will be collecting prescription pills between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the nationwide prescription drug 'Take Back" day hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The disposal is free and no identification is needed to shed unwanted medications.

Here's the catch: The cops will only take legal prescription drugs, meaning you can't drop off your bag of heroin along with inhalers and needles. It's only meant to help households rid themselves of unused or expired drugs that could be harmful, especially if ingested by unsuspecting children or your pets.

Over the past three-and-a-half years, the DEA has collected more than 1,700 tons of unused prescription drugs from homes. Last October alone, 324 tons of medications were disposed of at the nationwide event.

The Take Back event was really created in light of prescription pill abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22,134 people died from overdoses of prescription drugs throughout the country in 2010-- more deaths than from motor vehicle accidents.

Other sad facts:

  • Almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

  • In 2010, 16,651 Americans died from overdosing on narcotic painkillers

  • Majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Be sure to check your kids' nightstand, too.

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