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No Questions Asked at SMPD Drug Disposal Saturday, October 27 2017

"Rid your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs"


October 26, 2017

SMPD offers the public rare opportunity to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. SMPD Officers Holloway and Smith.

No Questions Asked Drug Disposal

Got Drugs? On Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can get rid of them easily and anonymously.

The Santa Monica Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will "give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs," says the department in a press release.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Santa Monica Public Safety Facility, 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Please note the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked.

"Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds more than 4,050 tons of pills," writes Saul Rodriguez, SMPD Public Information Officer, in a press release.

"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."

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.


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