DEA announces 20th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Fairfield Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to provide the public with a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of expired, unused, unwanted, and potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

To keep everyone safe, our collection site will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. This Drive-Thru event will be in the Civic Center Parking Lot on Kentucky Street. Look for the traffic cones and follow the guidance of police staff onsite. Have your medications ready for drop off in a Ziploc bag or the original container. We are not accepting liquids, needles, or sharps at this event, (only pills or patches.) This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, these events are vital to the safety of the community. The DEA  anounced at its Take Back event in October 2020, a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications were collected, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Fairfield's participation in last year's event showed that our community is dedicated to removing unused Rx medication from our homes and becoming part of the solution to reducing medication misuse and addiction.

Over the 10-year span of Prescription Medication Take Back Day, this program has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. Studies indicate a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, so clearing out unused medicine is essential.

Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling Crime Prevention at 707-428-7789 or emailing Ileah Martin.