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Several law enforcement agencies will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during National Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23.

“This is a great way to get rid of unused prescription drugs in our homes,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston. “These drugs could fall into the wrong hands and harm family members and friends. This is an opportunity for everyone to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”

Needles and sharps cannot be accepted; only pills, patches and liquids sealed in their original containers will be accepted. Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers are accepted only after the batteries have been removed from the devices.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 9.7 million people ages 12 or older misused prescription pain relievers in the previous year. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back event, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

Planned East County Pick Up Locations

Brentwood Police Department, 9100 Brentwood Blvd

Antioch Police Department Front Lobby, 300 L St

Pittsburg Police Department, 65 Civic Ave