More police agencies on Monterey Peninsula taking in unwanted meds year-round

CHILLY. CHRISTOPHER: THANK YOU. GOT TO BE CAREFUL. TURNING NOW TO OUR STATE OF ADDICITON COVERAGE. PEOPLE ON THE CENTRAL COAST MADE IT A PRIORITY TO CLEAN OUT THEIR MEDICINE CABINETS TODAY FOR NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY. THIS JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARED THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. ACTION NEWS REPORTER SIERRA STARKS IS LIVE IN MONTEREY WITH MORE. SIERRA: GOOD EVENING. TODAY, POLICE STRESSED JUST HOW DANGEROUS THESE DRUGS CAN BE IF THEY GET INTO THE WRONG HANDS. IF YOU MISSED NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK DAY TODAY, THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF PLACES ON THE PENINSULA TO DISPOSE OF THEM. ONE HOUR INTO NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK DAY AND THE MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAD ALREADY FILLED A WHOLE BIN FULL OF DISPOSED MEDICATION. >> SOME ARE MEDS FROM A FAMILY MEMBER THAT’S PASSED AWAY. VITAMINS, PET MEDICATIONS. WE HAD A COUPLE CARE FACILITIES THAT HAVE MEDS THAT THEIR PATIENTS AREN’T ABLE TO USE ANYMORE. SIERRA: TWICE A YEAR, THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES BINS LIKE THESE WHERE PEOPLE CAN TURN IN EXPIRED, UNUSED, OR UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SAFELY. >> SO THAT CHILDREN WON’T ACCIDENTALLY INGEST THEM OR PEOPLE THAT HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM WON’T STEAL THEM FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND TAKE THEM. SIERRA: FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T MAKE IT TO AN OFFICIAL DRUG TAKEBACK DAY — >> WE’VE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE COME IN TODAY, WHICH IS GOOD. SIERRA: MORE AND MORE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA ARE TAKING THEM IN YEAR-ROUND. >> ANY GIVEN TIME ON ANY GIVEN DAY THAT WE’RE OPEN, ANYONE, WHETHER YOU’RE A RESIDENT OF MARINA OR A RESIDENT OF ANY CITY FROM WHEREVER, CAN COME HERE AND DISPOSE OF MEDICATIONS. SIERRA: THE SAME RULES APPLY AT THE PACIFIC GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT. >> WE DON’T ASK YOU QUESTIONS WHEN YOU COME IN TO DROP OFF THE DRUGS. IT GOES DIRECTLY FROM YOUR HANDS INTO THE BIN. SIERRA: ANYTHING FROM PILLS, PATCHES, AND EVEN PET MEDICATIONS ARE ALLOWED. >> WE’VE HAD IT SINCE OCTOBER 2016 AND WE’VE GATHERED ABOUT 280 POUNDS APPROXIMATELY SINCE THEN. SIERRA: A DRUG TAKEBACK BOX LIKE THIS ONE HOLDS AN AVERAGE OF 26 POUNDS. THE CARMEL POLICE DEPARTMENT PUT UP ITS PERMANENT BOX IN 2014. >> 2300 POUNDS TOTAL ROUGHLY THAT WE’VE COLLECTED. SIERRA: THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF UNWANTED MEDS HANDED OVER TO THEIR DEPARTMENT AND KEPT OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. ANOTHER DEPARTMENT PLANNING TO PUT IN THOSE PERMANENT BOXES FOR YOUR DISPOSABLE — FOR YOU TO DISPOSE THAT MEDICATION IS ACTUALLY THE MONTEREY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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