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Press Release

National Drug Take Back Initiative

Tracy Police Accept Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Posted: Oct 7, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.

On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Tracy Police Department will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs as part of the 2016 Drug Take Back Event. The public is encouraged to bring their unwanted or outdated medications to the north parking lot at Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza, for disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This event is co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is the twelfth collection since the inception of the Safe and Responsible Drug Act of 2010.

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.

Below are some guidelines for collection day:

• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected. Illegal narcotics such as methamphetamine and marijuana are not a part of this initiative and will not be collected.

• No questions or requests for identification will be made.

• Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual will be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

• All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

• Syringes will be accepted, but must be capped and handled solely by the citizen bringing them to the drop off site.

• All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process, and deposit it in the collection container themselves. Law enforcement personnel will not handle the medications/syringes at any time.

Tracy Police Department
(209) 831-6550

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