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Danville Police Department Participating in Drug Take Back Day

Residents invited to turn in prescription drugs at the Town offices during the Sept. 29 event.

From the Town of Danville

Danville residents looking to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs will have the opportunity to do so Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 when the Danville Police Department joins with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to hold a drug disposal event at the Town offices.

In the free and anonymous event, citizens can bring their prescription drugs to the Town offices, 510 La Gonda Way, and drop off their medications for disposal.

Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the event gives residents the chance to be rid of their unwanted pharmaceuticals, reducing the possibility of abuse or theft of the drugs.

In April 2012, Americans turned in 552,000 pounds — 276 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. 

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

In the Sept. 29 event, officers and volunteers from the DPD will be on hand at Town offices to handle the disposal effort. Residents are asked to drop off between 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone who misses the takeback day can still drop off pharmaceuticals in a special bin at the front desk of the Police Department. 

For more information, contact Community Services Coordinator Claudia Ray at 925-314-3704 or cray@danville.ca.gov.

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Tom September 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Drugs are for certain a terrible problem and all too many suffer from the mis-use of them. However our current policy only makes two groups happy. The drug lords and the police prison guards enjoy healthy business as a result of our failed policy. Prohibition simply does not work and in fact is counter productive. One day we will wake up and see this. I am 100% against the use of drugs except for the legit use under the care of a doctor. I do not use drugs other than maybe an aspirin a couple of times a year but what we do now does not serve society well. I do applaud the police here for making the process of drug disposal easy but would also caution anyone to remove the label with their private information on the container before doing so.

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