San Francisco Cops Want Your Valium

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The SFPD is onto you again, but this time the cops are coming for your drugs -- prescription drugs, that is.

This weekend local police will turn a blind eye to your pill-popping habits in an effort to stop the spread of prescription drug abuse.

All you have to do is drop all your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs off at designated spots. The cops have promised that you won't get into any trouble.

"We don't want people flushing them down the toilets," said Officer Albie Esparza. Through this event the Drug Enforcement Administration hopes to put an end to excess pill-popping, or at least make it that much harder for people to access those benzos (you know who you are).

Last April, some 771 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off in San Francisco; that's 771 pounds of meds that could have easily found their way into the stomachs of bored teens and drug addicts. That's an increase of 92 percent from the last collection effort, Esparza noted. 

Nationally, the event collected 1.6 million pounds, nearly 774 tons, according to the DEA website. 

So kick your habit now, and head on out to the "Take Back" day, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collection centers will not be accepting accepting liquid medicine, illegal drugs, needles, or inhalers. For a list of collection centers near you visit the DEA's website at, click on Got Drugs, and enter your zip code.

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