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More than 200 pounds of medications were collected at the end of last month during the “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, hospital officials said.
The Oct. 29 event aligned with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to raise awareness about the danger of misusing opioids and the safe disposal of expired or unused medication.
The medications dropped off at Regional Medical Center by community members were picked up by San Jose police, according to the hospital.
“Many people around the country are struggling with the use and abuse of opioids and we want to do our part to prevents these drugs from being misused,” Ken West, CEO of Regional Medical Center, said in a statement.