Danville Police participate in drug takeback day

Residents looking to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs will have the opportunity to do so Oct. 26 during a designated drug takeback day.

The Danville Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to hold a drug disposal event at the town offices (510 La Gonda Way). The free, anonymous event is designed to reduce the possibility of abuse or theft of prescription drugs.

In September 2012, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of 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 such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

Residents can bring their prescription drugs to the town offices between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and drop off their medications for disposal. 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 314-3704 or cray@danville.ca.gov. 


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