Big haul for Saturday’s ‘National Drug Take Back Day’ in Kern County

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As part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, hundreds of people dropped off unwanted and unused pills, vitamins, and eyeglasses at various organized locations Saturday throughout Kern County. 

The numbers are in from ‘Drug Take Back Day,’ and officials say Kern County did a great job.

At Kern County Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites around the county, peopled turned in over 405 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs. KCSO says those drugs won’t get in the hands of juveniles or dumpster divers — and will stay out of our water systems because they weren’t flushed down the toilet.

The Bakersfield Police Department collected 396 pounds, while Tehachapi Police Department collected 217 pounds.   

Bakersfield Police headquarters, the Sheriff’s Office headquarters, and Kaiser Permanente in Southwest Bakersfield were among the many locations throughout the county where people could drop off their medications. The entire give-back process was anonymous — no questions asked.

If you were unable to participate in Saturday’s drug take back event, organizers encourage you to reach out to your pharmacist. Many pharmacies offer their own drug take back opportunities throughout the year.

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