Local and federal law enforcement officials collected 124 pounds of unwanted medications for safe disposal during a Drug Take-Back Day event in Danville on Saturday.
"I think the event was a success," Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said. "The drug take-back days are very important to community safety because of the high potential for abuse/theft of unused medication."
Danville Police teamed with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the event, which aimed to raise awareness about the need to properly dispose of medications in order to help reduce the number of accidental poisonings, overdoses and abuse.
"I would just say that getting rid of unwanted or unneeded prescription medications is a good way to keep them from being abused," said Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator. "Safe disposal of the drugs keeps them out of the landfill and encourages residents not to flush them down the toilet."