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Thursday, May 1, 2014

No Longer High on Their Own Supply, Residents Turn Over 760 Pounds of Prescription Pills

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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Pat yourself on the back -- we hear it's not easy to kick an Ambien habit.

But alas, some San Franciscans are clean and sober after donating more than 760 pounds of prescription pills that they either didn't want or didn't use. All those pill bottles lying around the house -- stashed in medicine cabinets, nightstands, and pillow cases -- are no more.

On Saturday, residents dropped off the pills to the nearest San Francisco police station as part of the nationwide Take Back Day.

In addition, more than 20 tons of pills were collected across Northern California, according to Officer Albie Esparza. "The safe and secure collection and disposal these medications not only saves lives, but protects the environment and ecosystem," SFPD said in a statement.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA. What's more, the DEA and local cops have collected more than 3.4 million pounds of pills since the program started seven years ago.

Now just think how many million pounds of pills have been ingested over that same time frame.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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