The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on “National Take Back Day” Saturday, October 26 at numerous locations throughout Orange County.
“This is a great opportunity for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets while helping to safeguard the health and well-being of those they love,” said Dr. Jeffrey Nagel, Ph.D., HCA Director of Behavioral Health Services. “One of the main sources of drug misuse is prescription pain medication they’ve taken from a friend or family member. The opioid crisis is nationwide and participating in events like National Take Back Day is critical.”
This initiative, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by reducing the risk of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Medicines that are stored in home cabinets are vulnerable to misuse. In addition, the DEA advises against flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—since both pose potential safety and health hazards.
In its 17 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills. To locate a collection site near you, please visit the DEA’s website at www.DEATakeback.com or call 1- (800) 882-9539. Drop-off service is free and anonymous.
To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County or to find ongoing safe disposal locations, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/adept.
Go to one of these locations or one listed on the website.
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA
CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
MISSION VIEJO CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
LAKE FOREST CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
LAGUNA HILLS CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
LAGUNA WOODS CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CITY HALL
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
LAGUNA NIGUEL CITY HALL –
PARKING LOT
NEWPORT BEACH POLICE
DEPARTMENT
HOAG HOSPITAL/LOWER
CAMPUS PARKING LOT
NEWPORT BEACH POLICE
DEPARTMENT
OASIS SENIOR CENTER
MAIN PARKING LOT
IRVINE P.D.
HOAG HEALTH CTR.
PARKING LOT
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
DANA POINT CITY HALL
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
POLICE
PARKING LOT 5
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPARTMENT
SAN CLEMENTE POLICE
SERVICES
LAGUNA BEACH P.D.

This legal notice expires, and will be moved to the archive, on Thursday October 31st, 2019.