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Drop Off Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs at the Milpitas Police Department


When expired, unwanted, or unused, prescription drugs are a magnet for trouble. The ingestion thereof spurs chemical abuse and illness. And the mere presence of these drugs in residences can play a role in attracting theft.

Fifteen times in the past, the Milpitas Police Department has joined forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in inviting city residents to bring in their medications for safe disposal.

The 16th time’s coming at the end of the month: October 27. Time: 10AM to 2PM. Location: The Milpitas Police Department (1275 N. Milpitas Boulevard).

Only pills, patches, and liquids shall be accepted. The Department asks that the public not bring in needles or other sharps (i.e., lancets, auto injectors, etc.). Not only is this service free of cost, but it’s also anonymous, meaning the law enforcement officials facilitating the drop-off process will not be asking any questions or taking note of any residents’ identities.

The last time the Department ran this program, back in April, over 231 pounds of unwanted drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter) got turned in.

Nationwide, prescription drug abuse is occurring at epidemic levels, leading to widespread overdoses and poisonings. In the majority of cases of such abuse, family and friends serve as the source of drugs, be it voluntarily or involuntarily (i.e., through theft). Meanwhile, the authorities are continuously working to educate the public on the fact that the “old ways” of doing household drug disposal — tossing them in the trash, flushing them down the toilet — are hazardous from both health and safety standpoints.

To read more general info on prescription drug disposal, or to learn more about the upcoming October 27 event, go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/



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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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