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Spring Clean Your Cabinets and Drop-Off Unwanted Medications

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications this National Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more than 20 participating locations throughout Orange County.
 
"I encourage people to clean out their cabinets and take the opportunity to dispose of medications safely and properly during National Take Back Day," said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. “The opioid epidemic is nationwide, and it's important we address it through participating in events like these.”
 
Help prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse and theft by dropping off your medications for safe destruction. Since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) began National Take Back Day in 2010, Orange County residents have dropped off 63,033 pounds of unused prescription medications for safe disposal – about the weight of a large, full garbage truck. The event that occurred last year resulted in the collection of almost 13,000 pounds of unused or unwanted medications.
 
The drop-off service is free and anonymous. To locate a collection site in your area, please visit the DEA’s website here. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County, visit http://ochealthinfo.com/adept.