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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hey, Pill Poppers: Police Want Your Stash

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

click to enlarge In all fairness, they do look a lot like jelly beans
  • In all fairness, they do look a lot like jelly beans

Police are giving all you pill poppers out there a chance to kick your habit and rid your house of the the unnecessary drugs you've been hoarding in your nightstand.

Come Saturday, load up all your unused or expired doses of Valium, Xanax , or whatever you poison is, and bring them to the nearest police station for drop-off.

Police hope this will help put an end to the frivolous pill-popping that has become a favorite pastime of so many Americans. And if you are in denial about this, here's some cold hard facts for you to swallow:

Last year October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds, or 188.5 tons, of prescriptions drugs.

According to SFPD, it's the prescription pills that languish in homes which are "highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse." Studies show that pill poppers tend to get their hands on these unprescribed drugs from friends' and family members' medicine cabinets.

"Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses," SFPD said in a statement.

By the way, flushing your pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses a whole slew of other health and safety hazards -- so don't do it.

SFPD will be accepting pills until 2 p.m.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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