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May 11, 2012 > Prescription drug take back yields 294 pounds

Prescription drug take back yields 294 pounds

Submitted By Det. William Veteran, Fremont PD

On Saturday April 28, the Fremont Police Department Property Unit participated in the annual Prescription Drug Take Back event, which was a collection and disposal effort spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Citizens drove by and dropped off their excess prescription drugs and we collected over 294 lbs of prescription drugs at the Property Unit. The drugs were collected in sealed, disposable boxes and were delivered to the collection point in the afternoon. The drugs will be incinerated at a later date by the DEA.

The initiative doesn't stop here. Proper disposal of prescription medicines prevents pollution in the water we drink and keeps them out of the hands of people who might abuse them. It's a good idea to go through your medicine cabinet periodically and collect all the prescription drugs and medications that have expired, that are no longer used or that have containers that no longer function. Washington Hospital in Fremont, provides a year-round drop off in the hospital lobby and library at the 2500 Mowry Avenue Building.

We'd like to thank our community for participating and helping to spread the word about this initiative. A special thanks our Property Unit and CARE Volunteers for the friendly and enthusiastic assistance to the citizens of Fremont.

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