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Drop-off Unwanted Medications Safely on National Take Back Day

Press Release

(Santa Ana, CA) –  (October 26, 2023) The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) invites the community to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at convenient locations throughout Orange County (OC).
"This event provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to declutter their medicine cabinets while actively safeguarding the health and well-being of their loved ones," Dr. Veronica Kelley, Chief of HCA’s Mental Health and Recovery Services, stated. "Pharmaceutical drugs, when misused, can be as hazardous as street drugs, contributing to the nationwide opioid crisis that affects our community. Participation in events like National Take Back Day truly makes a significant impact."
This initiative addresses a crucial public safety and health concern. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aligns with the HCA’s commitment to the well-being of the OC community, promoting the responsible disposal of medications to prevent misuse and combat opioid addiction.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day serves as a vital reminder of our collective responsibility in keeping our communities safe. To find a convenient Take Back drop-off location, please visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website at or call 1 (800) 882-9539. The drop-off service is both free and anonymous.
For further information on medication misuse prevention efforts in Orange County or to discover year-round safe disposal options, please visit:

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