Danville residents hoping to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications will be able to do so this weekend at the town offices in recognition of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Danville Police Department, teaming with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will hold a free and anonymous prescription drug disposal event this Saturday (April 26) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 510 La Gonda Way.
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, according to a town press release.
Events such as Take-Back Day aim to raise awareness about the need to properly dispose of medications in order to help reduce the number of accidental poisonings, overdoses and abuse. Additionally, once common disposal practices -- such as flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage -- are now considered to be potential health and safety risks, town officials said.
Anyone who misses Saturday's event can still drop off unwanted pharmaceuticals in a specially marked bin near the front desk at the Danville police station.
For more information, contact police community services coordinator Claudia Ray at 314-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.