Palm Springs area residents can safely get rid of old prescription medicine today by dropping it off at six area Walgreens and Rite Aids around the city.
The idea behind Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by Palm Springs police and others, is to prevent the drugs from falling into the wrong hands.
No sharps, liquids or gels will be accepted, Sherice Mills of the nationwide group Collaborating and Acting Responsibly to Ensure Safety, or CARES.
Other sponsors include the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the American Society of Pain Management and Project Lazarus.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine is holding its annual meeting Feb. 23-26 in Palm Springs.
State records show emergency room visits in Riverside County related to prescription painkillers increased about 50 percent between 2006 and 2009.
“Prescription drug take back days play an important role in our communities,” said Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs. “All too often,
unused prescription medications fall into the hands of children resulting in abuse, addiction, and even death. Today, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in America. These types of events provide a great opportunity to safely dispose of leftover medicines and improve the health of our communities.”
A list of drop-off locations is posted at www.caresalliance.org.