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Prescription drug Take Back Day Saturday

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The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Rocklin Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are providing two locations where people can dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, controlled substances, and veterinary medications. However, they will not be accepting sharps or lancets, medical waste, illicit drugs, aerosols, or hydrogen peroxide. Rocklin’s collection sites will be in the parking lot at Whitney High School, 701 Wildcat Boulevard or in Sierra College’s Parking Lot D at the corner of Rocklin Road and El Don Drive. For other collection sites in Placer County, visit www.dea.gov, click on the Oct. 29 event logo near the top of the page, and type in your zip code. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends, and home medicine cabinets. The Take Back Program is an effective tool to remove those drugs from circulation, reported Michael Nottoli of the Rocklin Police. Nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the last two events on Sept. 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011, yielding more than 309 tons of pills, Nottoli reported. ~ Staff report