Got Drugs? Police Collecting Unused Prescription Medications for National Take Back Day

Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Town offices on April 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Danville residents looking to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs will have the opportunity to do so April 26, 2014 when the Danville Police Department joins with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to hold a drug disposal event at the Town offices, 510 La Gonda Way.

In the free and anonymous event, citizens can bring their prescription drugs to the Town offices between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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.

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. 

Anyone who misses the take back 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 orcray@danville.ca.gov.  

—Information provided by Town of Danville


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