The city of Fountain Valley will host a prescription take-back day this month to help get unused prescription drugs off the street.
The next national "prescription drug take back day" is scheduled for Oct. 26, according to an announcement from the city of Fountain Valley. The city will take part and host a local drop-off center for any unused, unwanted or expired medications at the police department, at 10200 Slater Avenue.
"Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet," the announcement states. "In an effort to address this issue, DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducts National Prescription Drug Take Back Days."
At the drop-off site in Fountain Valley, the medication will be disposed of in a secure and non-hazardous manner-- "...potentially saving lives and protecting the ecosystem."
This will be the seventh national take-back day, and will be held at thousands of sites all over the country at the same time. A similar event in April netted approximately 742,497 pounds-- or 371 tons-- of prescription drugs, according to the DEA.