News release - 10/22/2013

Published 10/22/2013 (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 taking back unwanted prescription drugs, multiple locations
DATE/TIME: 10/26/13 / 10:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION: OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT – 251 South C Street
CVS PHARMACY – 551 South Ventura Road
KAISER PERMANENTE - 2200 East Gonzales Road
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager, miguel.lopez@oxnardpd.org
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Andrew Salinas, Commander, andrew.salinas@oxnnardpd.org

DETAILS: On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Oxnard Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

 
In an effort to provide additional locations throughout the City of Oxnard, the Oxnard Police Department has joined forces with CVS and Kaiser Permanente.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Oxnard Police Department ( 251 South C Street), CVS Pharmacy (551 South Ventura Road), Kaiser Permanente (2200 East Gonzales Road). 
 
Oxnard Police will be on-site at all three locations.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. During the last three years, the Oxnard Police Department has collected over three (3) tons of prescription drugs.
 
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills. 
 
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.
 
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) 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.    

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