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Dump Your Old Drugs Saturday in Napa, Yountville, American Canyon

National Drug Take Back Day is the fifth annual "no questions asked" opportunity to dispose of prescription drugs safely and prevent pill abuse and theft. Here's where to drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted drugs i

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold a fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at thousands of sites across the nation on Saturday.

In Napa County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29, anyone can drop off drugs at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, the Town of Yountville police department at 1950 Mulberry Street, Yountville and the American Canyon police department at 911 Donaldson Way, American Canyon, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.

Other locations can be found by going to the DEA "Got Drugs?" web page and searching by zip code.

Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Medicines that languish in home cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Americans participating in DEA’s four previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds—almost 774 tons—of prescription drugs, most recently at almost 5,700 sites operated by nearly 4,300 of the DEA’s s local law enforcement partners. DEA’s last event collected more than double the pills as their first one two years ago, with almost 50% more participating agencies and sites this past April than in September of 2010. 

“There has been an overwhelming public response to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams. “This response underscores the public’s commitment in combating the problem of prescription drug abuse in our communities. The success of this event would not be possible without the invaluable support of our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.”

Four days after DEA’s first Take Back event two years ago, 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 in the process of drafting regulations to implement the Act.

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vocal-de-local September 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Also, hopefully the drugs are disposed of in a manner that do not contaminate our waterways. We have become a drug addicted nation. In the 60s/70s, drug addiction was often an illegal, underground activity. Not so much anymore. Jump forward 40 years and we are subjected to pharmaceutical company ads which claim their drugs can solve every discomfort, as though discomfort is something that should be permanently squelched through longterm drug use (abuse). Some physicians should be held accountable as well. There's a profit motive in those who acquire these drugs. Pretend to be sick and sell the drugs prescribed to you on the streets. This is a monumental problem. We are a drug culture. Pharmaceutical companies and their drugs own this nation. It's not the other way around. I'm happy to see drugs being disposed of safely, though. Reducing their numbers helps, a bit.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Vocal- I agree with most of your comment. I am ill. People who abuse prescription pain meds, and other medications, make life harder for people like me who have genuine medical conditions. People who think a 'pill can solve everything' are seriously deluded, most pains that we have are warning signs that something is going on in our body, and we need to do something about it. Lot's of time diet and exercise can make a big change, as well as getting more sleep, and cutting down on stress. When faker's go and pretend to be sick, or abuse the prescriptions they get, it makes it harder for doctors to prescribe for legitimate patients for fear of repercussions, or law suits. The same goes for people who take more medication that they are prescribed, they end up addicted, then the doctor won't prescribe any more pills for them, and they start buying from other sources. People should never take more medication than prescribed, and they need to talk to their doctor if they feel a medication isn't working. I think one of things that we need to get rid of is those phony "pain clinics" popping up across the country.
vocal-de-local September 28, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I agree, Orchid. There is a useful purpose for pharmaceuticals but it's being abused by users who worsen the situation for legitimately ill people. However, I've observed doctors too willing to prescribe ADHD drugs, as an example, to kids or even college students who get a little spaced out after sitting in a classroom for several hours. The human brain is not always well adapted to our modern culture of excess stimuli. The answer should be to change the environment rather than drug the nation (which has a proft motive btw).. Some of these drugs prescribed to kids and college students end out on the streets as well. Also, I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Bummer.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Vocal- YES! there are way too many doctors who are just willing to throw an RX at a person in stead of asking them to make some changes in their life as far as getting more exercise and better sleep, bringing a tape recorder to class, so on. There are legitimate cases of ADHD and ADD, but many of the kids (college) right now are just selling their pills to other kids who want to cram for exams. Thanks for the 'get well'.

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