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Drop off unwanted prescription pills at one of several locations in Sacramento region

10/22/2013 3:58 PM

10/22/2013 3:59 PM

Prescription medications that linger in the medicine cabinet are a danger to youth or others who may reach for the wrong pills for abuse or misuse, police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say.

Saturday is your chance to clear out the cabinets of those dangerous expired or unneeded medicines. The day has been designated Nationwide Prescription Pill Take-Back Day and drop-off locations are as close as your local county sheriff’s office or police facility.

Sacramento Police are accepting drugs at the Public Safety Center at 5770 Freeport Blvd. Also participating as drop-off sites are three Kaiser Permanente facilities – Roseville Medical Center, South Sacramento Medical Center and Point West Medical Offices in Sacramento.

You can dispose of the pills or other medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The service is free and anonymous. Last year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day took 2.8 million pounds of unwanted medicines off the hands of Americans. Items that will not be accepted include intraveneous solutions, hypodermic needles, injection medicine or street drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine.

About This Blog

Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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