The Danville Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a free medication disposal event for residents on Saturday for National Drug Takeback Day.
Danville residents are invited to participate in the event by disposing of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription or non-prescription medications in a plastic baggie.
Pills and patches are only forms of the drugs that will be taken; liquids, needles and other sharp objects will be not accepted.
"The event gives residents the chance to be rid of their unwanted pharmaceuticals, reducing the possibility of abuse or theft of the drugs," Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said.
To be safe and avoid potential health hazards, residents should not dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs by tossing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet.
Americans turned in over 702,000 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to town officials. At previous drug takeback events, the DEA and its partners took in over 5.5 million pounds of pills.
The Drug Takeback Day event will be held at the Danville town offices located on 510 La Gonda Way from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The San Ramon Police Department does not have a Drug Takeback Day event scheduled for Saturday, according to Lt. Denton Carlson.