Livermore residents can safely dispose of their unused over the counter and prescription medications at a Drug Takeback Day event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livermore Police Department, 1110 S. Livermore Ave.
All pills will be collected at the free and anonymous service, but no liquids or needles including epi-pens, lancets and syringes. “Disposing of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications is just one of many ways that DEA is working to break the cycle of addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country,” said acting administrator Uttam Dhillon in a statement.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has partnered with law enforcement agencies around the country for almost a decade to collect millions of pounds of unwanted or expired drugs and calls Take Back Day “a unique opportunity for Americans to protect their homes and medicine cabinets from theft and abuse.”
Most people who abuse prescription drugs get their supply for free from friends and family, which the DEA says contributes to “alarmingly high” rates of accidental poisonings and overdoses. An estimated 130 people die from an opioid overdose every day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Expired prescriptions like antibiotics and improperly disposed birth control pills also pose a public health risk. Because wastewater treatment plants like the Livermore Water Reclamation Plant are not designed to remove man-made pollutants, any traces in the wastewater eventually wind up in the San Francisco Bay. Outdated antibiotics may contribute to antibiotic resistance and pharmaceuticals can harm fish and other wildlife in local waterways.
For more information about where and how to dispose of needles, sharps and liquid medications, visit http://www.stopwaste.org/recycling/residents/household-hazardous-waste. Drug Take Back Day is hosting multiple drop-off locations throughout the Tri-Valley on April 27. To find the nearest site visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.