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Published on April 18, 2024
Milpitas Police Team Up with DEA for 26th National Prescription Drug Take-Back DaySource: United States Drug Enforcement Administration

The Milpitas Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is gearing up for another prescription drug take-back initiative to combat the hazards of surplus meds in our homes. On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., locals can safely dispose of their expired or unneeded prescriptions at a designated drop-off point, according to the Milpitas Police Department's X post.

Last fall, the nation saw a whopping hoard of over 300 tons of prescription drugs turned in, indicating a growing awareness and concern for the potential abuse and theft these drugs pose when they linger in our cabinets. The DEA and its vast network of law enforcement allies have been on this mission for a while now, collecting close to 18 million pounds of drugs through their Take Back events over the years. This month's event marks their 26th effort to purge our homes of these potentially dangerous substances.

What can be dropped off? All those meds that have served their purpose or never did—unused or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication that's just taking up space. Vape pens and e-cigarettes are welcome for those who have embraced vaping, too, but remember to remove the batteries first. Meanwhile, if you need to get rid of needles, there'll be a sharps/syringe container on-site, handy not just for the event but all year round.

The Milpitas Police emphasize the anonymity of this service. You can walk in, drop off, and leave without answering a prying question.