The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community members can drop off unwanted medications at two designated locations in the City of Irvine. This free service, which allows the public to anonymously discard prescription medications, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The participating sites are:
Irvine Police Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza, in the parking lot
Hoag Health Center, 16405 Sand Canyon
IPD urges residents to bring expired or unwanted prescription drugs to the collection sites to eliminate the potential for misuse, abuse or accidental poisoning. Improper disposal of unused or expired medications, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can be hazardous to public safety, public health, and the environment.
Additional information regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national campaign, including other local collection sites, is available at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/.