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Drop off old medications, safely and anonymously

Berkeley, California (Monday, April 15, 2013) - The public is invited to participate in the first nationwide prescription drug take-back program and bring any unneeded and expired prescription medications to the Heart 2 Heart Neighborhood Celebration to dispose of it safely and anonymously. This event is part of the National Take Back Initiative, a Drug Enforcement Administration program designed to reduce the amount of expired, unwanted, or unused controlled substance in the community.

Many medications are not accepted back by pharmacies, and Drug Take Back days have become an effective way to safely dispose of them. By turning in old medication, residents reduce the risk of accidental poisoning, overdose, theft and abuse, and keep poisons out of the environment.

WHAT:     National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
WHEN:    Saturday, April 27, 2013
                10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets in Berkeley
Cost:        Free

 How It Works 

  • Residents can bring any medication to the booth on the corner of Oregon
    and Sacramento Streets for disposal.
  • No identification is required and no records are kept.
  • Residents can keep or dispose of the containers.
  • No needles, please.
  • Because pharmacies generally cannot accept them, residents are encouraged to
    dispose of controlled substances such as Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, and
    Codeine; stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine; and sedatives
    and tranquilizers.

For more information regarding types of medication and collection sites check www.dea.gov or call the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5806.



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