On Saturday, October 28, the City of Chula Vista’s Office of Sustainability, the Chula Vista Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are collaborating to offer the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription medication.

The semi-annual Drug Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to drop off expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at the Public Works Facility at 1800 Maxwell Road, Chula Vista.

The event is anonymous and free. Only pills or patches are accepted, and no liquids, needles, or sharps.

Proper disposal of medicines is a critical public safety and public health issue. When unused medicines are left lying around at home, they can be easily misused, abused, or diverted. Prescription drug abuse is rampant in the United States, and these drugs often lead to accidental poisonings and overdoses. Improperly disposing of medicines in the trash or toilet poses an environmental hazard to people and animals.

For more information, visit the DEA’s year-round collection site locator at https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

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