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Danville takes back 120 pounds of prescriptions

Drug take-back day part of national effort

On Saturday, the Danville Police Department teamed up with the DEA for a prescription drug take-back event at police headquarters. The event gave residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions.

Residents turned in 120 pounds of medication, said Community Services Coordinator Claudia Ray. The free, anonymous event is designed to reduce the possibility of abuse or theft of prescription drugs.

"I can't say enough good things about it, the take-back was very successful," Ray added.

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.

To combat this epidemic, the Danville Police Department has a prescription drug and syringe drop-off bin at its offices (510 La Gonda Way). Residents can drop off medications Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; officers ask that medications be emptied into Ziploc bags and the containers disposed of separately.

In the five previous take-back events, state, local and federal partners collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications. Danville's last take-back event netted 123.5 pound of prescription medications.

Ray said the department will host another collection day in six months.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thank you Danville Police Department, officers and volunteers for providing this excellent prescription take-back event last Saturday. This is a great program and your support is appreciated.


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