Danville police to host Drug Take-Back Day

Residents can drop off unwanted medications for safe disposal Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at town offices

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


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Posted by Raymond
a resident of Danville
on Apr 17, 2014 at 7:10 am

Not anymore with all the surveillance going on. Cops could use the info by passing med use onto the socialists dems who would put it in their database for future retaliation measures. Maybe use meds to plant on some "enemy" and arrest them. Soylent green around the corner,Obama?

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

Raymond, probably a good idea if you keep your psych meds. And you might want to increase your dosage because they don't seem to be working.

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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Apr 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Reference: "Longtime Resident".........THANK YOU !!!

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Posted by C
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

You should remove all labels and put all the pills mixed together in a generic bottle...therefore anonymous! Also, not just prescription drugs, but also any over-the-counter meds that are expired or that you no longer us. If you go through all the drawers and cabinets in your home, you will be surprised at what has been forgotten and expired or just left over! Time for spring cleaning! P.S. Can San Ramon residents also bring stuff?

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Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good morning,

@ C - I'm sorry I just saw this comment so I apologize for the slow response. Of course San Ramon residents are welcome to bring their unwanted meds as well. Hope this gives you enough time to still make it. Again, apologies for not seeing this sooner.

Have a great day!


Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
(925) 314-3336

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