Garden Grove Police participating in national prescription drug take back day Saturday


With prescription drug abuse continuing to soar, the Garden Grove Police Department is teaming up with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to conduct a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help members of the public dispose of unused drugs and avoid potential drug abuse or overdoses.

Garden Grove is one of several law enforcement agencies taking part in the Take Back Day.

Those wanting to dispose of the drugs can do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Garden Grove PD, 11301 Acacia Parkway.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Illegal drugs, liquids and needles will not be accepted — only pills and patches.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to a news release.

Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 5.5 million pounds — more than 2,750 tons — of pills.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website here.