--Bay City News
Antioch police are set to unveil a permanent prescription drug drop-off unit at the police station Saturday on the Drug Enforcement Administration's fifth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The new prescription medicine disposal unit marks the Antioch Police Department's launch of a permanent drop-off program designed to prevent drug abuse and misuse in the community, police said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Antioch Police Station at 300 L St., and community members are encouraged to attend and drop off any unwanted prescription drugs through 2 p.m.
The department's new disposal program and drop-off event is part of a the White House's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, according to the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, or NCAPDA.
Disposing of unused prescription drugs is a key step in preventing misuse of those medicines, particularly by adolescents, said NCAPDA Founder
and CEO April Rovero of San Ramon.
According to Contra Costa Health Services, seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Additionally, some 2,500 teens each day use prescription medicine to get high for the first time, usually with drugs prescribed to family or friends, county health officials said.
"I can't stress enough how important it is, especially for parents, to lock up their medications and dispose of those they no longer need as a matter of habit," Rovero said in a statement. "Parents can unwittingly become their child's drug supplier, with devastating consequences."
The NCAPDA gifted Antioch police with the medicine collection unit to be unveiled Saturday through a donation from the creators of the box, Medreturn, according to Rovero.
Community members throughout Contra Costa County will have the
chance to dispose of their prescription drugs at several participating police
stations Saturday. A full list of those drop-off locations is available here.