The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day coordinated by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and endorsed heartily by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services was a great success.

“Every year we’re seeing more medications disposed of safely in Marin, and at the same time we’re seeing fewer opioids being prescribed,” said Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “With less coming in to the community and more being removed, there are a lot less available for misuse and abuse. Our community has really responded to this issue.”

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that most of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The service was free and anonymous – no questions asked and this year they took back used vaping devices too. To find a year-round drop-off location, visit




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