News Release
October 01, 2010
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

DEA’s First-Ever Nationwide Prescription
Drug Take-Back Day is a Huge Success

OCT 01 -- SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners participated in the First Nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative on Saturday, September 25, 2010 with great success.

A reported 96 collection sites from throughout the Northern California Region collected a total of 11,648.25 lbs of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Participating agencies in the Bay Area included state and local law enforcement located in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humbolt, Kern, Lake City, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierre, Siskiyou, Solono, Sonoma, Stanilaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Yuba, and Yolo.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health and safety issue. This take-back event demonstrates DEA’s commitment in addressing this problem. It was also an opportunity for residents to help law enforcement strengthen communities and make their homes safe by participating,” stated DEA San Francisco Field Division Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams. “This successful effort would not have been possible without the assistance and support of all our state and local law enforcement agencies and other community partners.”