The Health Care Agency (HCA) will join local law enforcement and community partners in promoting the collection of expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications in support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “National Take Back Day” on Saturday, October 22.
According to results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most common source for the last prescription pain medication misused by individuals over age 12 in the past year belonged to a friend or relative. Folks can help prevent this from happening by disposing of unwanted prescription medications at this special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more than 30 locations throughout Orange County.
The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. 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.