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Have leftover prescriptions? Here’s where to drop them off Saturday

If you have leftover prescription medication in your house, you can dispose it from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at local law enforcement agencies.
If you have leftover prescription medication in your house, you can dispose it from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at local law enforcement agencies. Sacramento Bee file photo

If you have leftover prescription medication in your house, you can dispose it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at local law enforcement agencies.

Overdose deaths from prescriptions such as opioid pain killers are at a 15-year high in California.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s biannual Take Back events aim to reduce substance abuse and addiction by getting unused or unwanted prescriptions out of medicine cabinets.

“America is in the midst of a prescription drug crisis and the home medicine cabinet is a major source. Let’s work together to help put an end to this epidemic by cleaning out that cabinet and disposing of unwanted medication at a take back location,” said John J. Martin, special agent in charge of the DEA’s San Francisco Division, in a statement.

Among the Take Back locations will be the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Station No. 111 on Rio Linda Boulevard, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office on 65th Street, and at Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rocklin and Roseville police departments. More locations can be found at www.DEATakeBack.com.

In the last seven years, the DEA reports it has collected 8.1 million pounds of unused medication in previous Take Back events.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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