DHS Police Dept. Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs September 29 At 65950 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs


Desert Hot Springs, CA – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Desert Hot Springs Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another
opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired,
unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Desert Hot
Springs Police Department at 65950 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs The service is free and
anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600
sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four
previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775
tons—of pills.

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.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of
2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled
substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney
General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care
facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting
regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement
agencies like the Desert Hot Springs Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold
prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to the Desert Hot Springs Police
Department. Any information regarding this press release should be directed to Desert Hot
Springs Police Commander Ken Peary 760.329.6411 x317.

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