National DEA Drug Take Back Day is This Saturday

FREMONT – If you have prescription medication that you no longer need or use, disposing of that medicine properly can protect our water systems and maybe even save a life.

The DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Days twice a year, in April and October. This Saturday, October 26th from 10AM to 2PM, you can take your unused or expired prescription medications to the Fremont Police Department, Fremont Walmart or Fremont Baker’s, all of  whom will have a DEA Takeback collection area.

Unused prescription drugs are a public safety issue: leading to accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose.

Most people who abuse prescription opioids get them for free from a friend or relative, according to the CDC. Youth are especially at risk from prescription pain relievers and other controlled substances that may be sitting around your home. Many youth still believe that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful than “street” drugs, and can become addicted to prescription pain pills at an alarming rate. Last year, 67% of teens who misused pain relievers said that they got them from family and friends; most often, from their home’s medicine cabinets (SAMHSA).

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Abuse of and addiction to prescription pills can lead to use of heroin, methamphetamine and other dangerous street drugs.

The best way to ensure your prescription drugs are not used in an unsafe or illegal way is to dispose of them at a DEA Take Back day.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Fremont Police station, Fremont Walmart or Fremont Bakers
10AM to 2PM – October 26th, 2019
725 N Park Avenue, Fremont

You can locate other DEA Drug Take Back day collection sites on the DEA’s website at takebackday.dea.gov/

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