For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5780

CITY HEALTH AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS TEAM UP FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) - In a joint effort, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley Public Health and Aging Services are participating in the National Take Back Initiative, a Drug Enforcement Administration program designed to reduce the amount of expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and medications in the community.

WHAT: National Take Back Initiative
WHEN: Saturday October 29, 2011
          10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: South Berkeley Senior Center
           2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley
WHY: Community members are invited to turn in their unused or expired prescription and non-prescription medications to avoid inadvertent poisoning, overdose or abuse.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, with the home medicine cabinet as a primary source. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is among the most common forms of drug abuse in the United States.

These opportunities are infrequent, so we encourage community members to participate.

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