News release - 4/24/2013

Published 4/24/2013 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

EVENT:  Oxnard Police Department Collecting Unwanted Prescription Drugs, this Saturday
DATE/TIME:  April 27, 2013 9:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION:  Oxnard Police Department 251 S. C Street Oxnard, CA 93030
VICTIM(S):  N/A
SUSPECT(S):  N/A
WITNESS(ES):  N/A
SUSPECT VEHICLE(S):  N/A
LOSS:  N/A
PREPARED BY:  Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager, (805) 385-7631, miguel.lopez@oxnardpd.org   
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
 Sgt. Humberto Jimenez, (805) 385-7600, Humberto.Jimenez@oxnardpd.org and,
 Nicole Crisostomo, (805)385-7780, Nicole.Crisostomo@oxnardpd.org
 

DETAILS: (OXNARD, Calif)– On April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Oxnard Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Oxnard Police Department at 251 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.  
 
In Oxnard, the Police Department has participated since the program’s inception, and has collected over 3,000 pounds of pills in the last two years.
 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
 
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Oxnard Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
 
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DATE / TIME PREPARED:  April 24, 2013, 3:00 PM




 



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