The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at three sites in El Dorado County on Saturday, April 27.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high — more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are often obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The National Take Back Day gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The locations include:
• El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 4354 Towncenter Blvd No. 113, El Dorado Hills.
• 5000 Ellinghouse Drive, Cool.
• El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, 300 Fair Lane, Placerville.