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BPD hosting free, anonymous pill disposal events for National Take Back Day

Posted: 7:02 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 22:02:33-04
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — To prevent pill abuse, The Bakersfield Police Department is offering a free and anonymous service for National Take Back Day.

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BPD and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will host two sites where residents can dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

You can bring your pills to the disposal sites listed below:

  • 1601 Truxtun Ave in the Lobby of the Police Department
  • 3501 Stockdale Hwy in the parking lot adjacent to Kaiser Permanente

DEA and BPD's goal is to address a public safety and public health issue regarding medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, Americans should know that flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.