For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2018
Contact: Julie MacDonald, Health Communications Manager
Phone: (714) 834-2178


Drop-Off Unwanted Prescriptions at a Collection Site Near You on National Take Back Day

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop-off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on “National Take Back Day” Saturday, October 27 at numerous locations throughout Orange County.
“This is a great opportunity for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets while helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of those they love,” said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. “One of the main sources of drug misuse is prescription pain medication they’ve taken from a friend or family member. The opioid crisis is nationwide and participating in events like National Take Back Day is critical.”
This initiative, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by reducing the risk of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, the DEA advises against flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—since both pose potential safety and health hazards.
To locate a collection site near you, please visit the DEA’s website at The drop-off service is free and anonymous. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County or to find ongoing safe disposal locations, visit

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