Over the course of four hours, Shasta County residents turned in a total of 413 pounds of drugs at the 3rd National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which took place Saturday, October 29, 2011. This represents an increase of 138 pounds from the Take-Back event held in April. The Redding Police Department, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency-Public Health, and the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the local event in Redding.
“We want to thank everyone who helped prevent the abuse of medications and contamination of our waterways by bringing their unused and/or expired medications for proper disposal,” said Wendy Millis, Community Educations Specialist for Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. “About 70% of people who abuse medications get them from a friend or family member. So it is important to handle the disposal of medications appropriately,” she said.
Take-Back events like this one are just one way people can dispose of their medication properly. To learn about other methods of disposal, visit www.shastahhsa.net.
-from press release
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