October 2013 National Drug Take Back Day

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is participating in the second Prescription Drug Take Back event of this year on Saturday, October 26. Alameda County residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to the Alameda County Family Justice Center or the Hayward Hall of Justice from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for safe disposal.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Alameda County D.A.’s Office is dedicated to eliminating prescription drug abuse in our community. District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley states, “Prescription drug abuse is a significant public safety and public health concern. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet of family and friends.”

Over the past year and a half, we have collected almost 350 pounds of prescription and over the counter medication in similar events. Safe disposal of both over-the-counter and prescription medication is crucial to prevent the misuse of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in landfill or through our water system. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous event, or for those who have accumulated unwanted medication, to safely dispose of the drugs.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013