Drug Take Back Program wraps up in Bakersfield

Group collects over 150 pounds of unused drugs

BAKERSFIELD - It was your last chance to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. 

It was the last day of Kaiser Permanente’s Drug Take Back Program.  Officials say they collected about 150 pounds of unused prescription drugs.

They say medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Every year, Kaiser teams up with the Bakersfield Police Department to help improve the health and safety of residents in Kern County.

"A lot of it ends up in the wrong spot, either in the trash, dumped down the drain or put in the wrong hands.  So, this is a safe way to get rid of lots of medication that normally is in not a so good place," said Mike Tesch, local pharmacist.

Nationwide, Americans turned in more than 550,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more thatn 5,600 sites.

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