pill.jpgSan Francisco is launching a manufacturer-sponsored unused medicine take-back program today at a Castro District pharmacy.

In an effort to combat the threat to public health and the environment posed by unsafe disposal of prescription medicines, the city will offer drop-off sites at 12 pharmacies and all police stations, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

The program is being launched at 10 a.m. today with an event at MOMS Pharmacy at 4071 18th St. Melanie Nutter, director of the Department of the Environment, and Police Chief Greg Suhr are scheduled to attend.

According to the Department of the Environment, more drug overdoses have occurred annually since 2003 from prescription medicines than from cocaine and heroin combined.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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