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The Burbank Police Department in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host a prescription drug take-back event on Oct. 26 at the the Burbank Police station, 5650 W. 75th Pl., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the police station for proper disposal. The service is free and police say the program is anonymous and no questions will be asked.
The event is part of a nationwide campaign to rid homes of potentially dangerous prescription medication. Local police departments throughout the country are holding like events Oct. 26 as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
According to a Burbank Police press release, “Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.”
The press release further states, “This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.”