SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 27, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City Police want you to give up your drugs, bringing any unused and unwanted prescriptions to the Department’s disposal site this weekend during the annual Take Back Day event.
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SLCPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by bringing all their potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal.
You can bring your pills to the Public Safety Building, located at 475 S. 300 East. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps-only pills or patches.
This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September Americans turned in over 702,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds of pills.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are advised that methods for disposing of unused medicines like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.