National Prescription Drug Takeback Day 2017

October 19th, 2017 - 12:10pm

Prescription Drug Takeback PosterCollege of Marin Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 28

KENTFIELD / NOVATO, CA—October 19, 2017—On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the College of Marin Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Campus Police Department at Village Square 1, 700 College Ave, Kentfield.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  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 now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.  For questions regarding the College of Marin’s involvement, please contact Police Services Assistant Jessica Tucker at


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 28

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COM Police Department
Village Square 1
700 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904