Disposal of prescription drugs to be offered in Sacramento area

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

Sacramento area residents can safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription medications at several locations during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

The event, which runs from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

It allows people to drop off unwanted prescription drugs at thousands of sites across the nation. At the most recent drug take-back in April, residents turned in a record 552,161 pounds of medicines at 5,659 sites in all states and U.S. territories.

In four such events, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement partners removed more than 774 tons of medication from circulation.

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said the events highlight prescription drug abuse and the need for drug disposal procedures.

"While a uniform system for prescription drug disposal is being finalized, we will continue to sponsor these important take-back opportunities as a service to our communities," she said in a statement.

Here's a partial list of Sacramento-area take-back locations:

• Elk Grove Police Department, 8380 Laguna Palms Way, #100, Elk Grove

• Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma St., Folsom

• Roseville High School, 1 Tiger Way, Roseville

• Sacramento County sheriff's station, 5510 Garfield Ave., Sacramento

For a full list of take-back locations, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov and click on "Got Drugs?"

For more information, contact the DEA at (800) 882-9539.

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