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Drug Take Back events scheduled this weekend

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Fri Sep 28, 2012.

There will be two opportunities for Lodi and San Joaquin County residents to turn in their expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday.

The Lodi Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will provide residents with five different drop-off locations throughout the county. The free service will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is anonymous with no questions asked.

The Lodi Police Department will offer the drop-off location at Lodi Police Department at 215 W. Elm St. The county locations will be at Rite Aid at Lincoln Center, 6455 Pacific Ave., Stockton; Kennedy Community Center, 2800 S. D St., Stockton; St. Michael's Church, 5882 N. Ashley Lane, Stockton; and Mountain House Community Center at 230 S. Sterling Drive.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners, according to a news release. In its three previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds of pills.

This initiative addresses important public safety and public health issues. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Americans are advised not to flush unused medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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