For Law Enforcement
The Orange County Drug-Free Coalition works with law enforcement agencies to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs. The Coalition hosts or supports prevention initiatives with our partners in law enforcement agencies.
DEA Drug-Take Back Day
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
For more information, visit the link to the DEA website listed below. https://takebackday.dea.gov/
For information about Orange County year-round prescription drop-off locations, visit the updated the list of Rx Return Locations.
DEA Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. As a tribute to SA Camarena, high school friend Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter created “Camarena Clubs” and a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
To learn more about Red Ribbon Week visit https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/get-involved/red-ribbon-week