SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
Twice a year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration hosts a no-questions asked National Prescription Drug Take Back Day when temporary collection sites are set up in cities throughout the nation for safe disposal of prescription drugs, including opioids.
One of those sites was the Sacramento Police Headquarters on Freeport Boulevard.
“From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anybody can come in and drop their pills or prescriptions off, and there are no questions asked,” said Vance Chandler with the Sacramento Police Department.
By 11 a.m. the Freeport drop-off site had already recieved more than 300 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions, putting it on-track to surpass last years total.
“Last year our spring drop-off brought in 561.4 pounds of drugs,” Chandler said. “That’s a lot of prescriptions and pills out of the hands of potentially people that shouldn’t have them, including teenagers and children. Even having one pound dropped off and disposed of is a win.”