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Friday, October 27, 2023: Tomorrow: National get rid of prescription drugs Day

Friday, October 27, 2023: Tomorrow:

National get rid of prescription drugs Day

How many of us have old and unused prescription drugs in our homes -- drugs we'll never use. Some folks have bags of unused drugs... well its time to get rid of them in a safe, non-polluting way.

When and Where:

October 28, 2023


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Santa Rosa Police Department

965 Sonoma Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: FREE

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28, 2023

The drug epidemic in America is a major public health, public safety, and national security threat. To help make our communities safer and healthier, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, encouraging the public to properly dispose of unneeded medications. Ridding your home of these medications is a significant step in preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction.

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 28, 2023. The Santa Rosa Police Department is hosting a collection site to provide our community with a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Dropping off your unneeded medications is not only a free and convenient service, it is also completely anonymous.

WHEN: Saturday, 10/28/23, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Santa Rosa Police Department, 965 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Thank you for partnering with us to fight the drug epidemic and keeping our community safe!

For more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and other resources related to legal and illegal drugs, please visit the DEA Take Back Day website at:

Reflection: We are one human race:

We know that people of many religious stripes, Catholics included, are involved in various ways on every side of the current dispute in Palestine/Israel. Maybe that's where we should be, on every side, not to exacerbate or further inflame but to do what we can to tamp down the ancient hatreds and the inclinations to violence.

No better example exists than Tantur Ecumenical Institute, affiliated with the University of Notre Dame and long a place of interfaith and ecumenical activity.

Jesuit Fr. John Paul directs the institute, which lies between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He recently described the region as "an area filled with religious spiritualities. I wake up every day hearing the Muslim call to prayer, five times a day. I hear and see around me the Shabbat hymns that call people to the beginning or end of Shabbat. I see people dressed in a wide variety of traditional Jewish clothing. I hear church bells that ring here all the time."

His vision of peace, Paul said, is "people going back into their Scriptures and really studying and listening carefully. What does it mean to live what the Gospel, the Quran, the Hebrew Scriptures are calling us to? How do we care for the orphans, the widows, the strangers? How do we care for and really live with the sense that we are all created in the image and the likeness of God?"

He is amid it all, in a sense on all sides. He knows, in a way most of us cannot, the deep trauma of living in constant fear, the situation increasingly for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The tensions and fear do not respect borders. We've seen already the anger and frustration play out in our streets, in gatherings of American Jews opposing Israel's response in the nation's capital, in the anguish being lived out in mosque and synagogue, in the search in our institutions of higher education for the correct positioning and language to explain sympathies for one side or the other.

The question is, can the spirit of a Tantur spill beyond the borders, somehow influence our thinking and acting here?

The search for our moral bearings in all of this may lie not so much in constructing a conclusive statement of right and wrong. It may, instead, lie in encounter and, as Pope Francis puts it, in accompaniment.

While we may not be able to directly affect matters in the Middle East, we should persuade our religious leaders here to gather those on all sides who are willing, while hurting and even grieving, to come together in our common humanity. To pray. To talk. To perhaps take a tentative step toward peace.

Reflection excerpted from an opinion piece in National Catholic Reporter

by Tom Roberts. Read the full article at:

About the Tantur Ecumenical Institute:

An Oasis for Encountering Sacred People, Places, and Traditions.

Located in Jerusalem on a hill near Bethlehem, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute is an “oasis” where one can come to be refreshed in heart, mind, and spirit. It is also a place where one can "encounter"* the rich sacredness of others, their faith traditions and holy sites, while experiencing a personal renewal. At Tantur, we welcome into the Holy Land visitors from all over the world who come to study, pray, explore, and live in community. As a place of hospitality, we host groups and individuals from all walks of life who seek enrichment, knowledge, and “encounter” with this complex land we call “Holy.”

*“Encounter”: an opening of the heart to experience the “other” and be “changed” by/through this mutual experience.

Read about the Institute using this link:


Dear Friends,

Since you are on this list I know I don't have to tell you more about the horrors

taking place in Gaza and the West Bank in Palestine. So let's stand together again on Sunday and support each other as we call to mind and heart the suffering and dying of so many innocents, especially children.

SUNDAY 10/29/23 * COURTHOUSE SQUARE * 11:30-1

Rain last Sunday destroyed many of our signs. If you can make a new one,

please do. We will also have paper and markers for you to use on site.

Again, let's remember to focus on why we are there. And let's be alert and

prudent with opposition, if there is any.

In Solidarity,

Therese (for North Coast Coalition for Palestine)

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