On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Visalia and the Drug Enforcement Administration gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the Visalia Police Department at 303 S. Johnson St. in Visalia, or to the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 833 S. Akers Street.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue in Visalia and throughout the nation. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The City of Visalia's Police Department and Natural Resources Division asks citizens to take part in National Drug Take Back Day and safely dispose of medications and vitamins.
Types of drugs accepted include:
- Unused pharmaceutical controlled substances
- Pet medications
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In fact, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
It's no longer acceptable to use old methods of disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - as both pose potential safety and health hazards.
To prepare for drop-off, remove pills, capsules, and tablets from their containers. Dispose of empty containers in your recycling bin and place loose medication in a zip-style/sealing plastic bag.
Only pills or transdermal patches can be accepted. No liquids, inhalers, syringes or needles can be dropped off. For information on where to properly dispose of those materials, contact the Visalia Police Department at (559) 713-4216.
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