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Danville hosting Drug Takeback Day event

Residents can dispose of their medications safely, securely Saturday

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.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story attributed an incorrect statement to Danville police regarding disposal of medications. Officials encourage residents to avoid disposing of those items in the trash or down the toilet for safety reasons. DanvilleSanRamon.com regrets the error.

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5 people like this
Posted by MrF
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:59 pm

"Danville police encourage residents to get rid of their unwanted prescription drugs by tossing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet."?

Thought the whole point was NOT to do this!


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Posted by Peter Williams
a resident of Danville
on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:51 am

That surely cannot be right? Pharmaceuticals in the environment and in our water are an ENORMOUS problem, so it is absolutely irresponsible to flush them down the toilet. Surely the point of a take-back day - aside from avoiding accidental overdoses, obviously - is so people do NOT have to flush them down the toilet?


7 people like this
Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Apr 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good morning,

MrF and Peter, thanks for pointing that out. It is not correct. The whole reason we are holding the Drug Takeback Event is to prevent people from flushing or trashing their unwanted pharmaceuticals. Please do NOT flush them or put them in the trash, as that poses health risks.

I have reached out to the author of the article and asked her to change the sentence regarding the proper disposition of your pharmaceuticals.

Hope this helps!

Thanks

Geoff

Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
ggillette@danville.ca.gov
(925) 314-3336


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Posted by MrF
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2016 at 10:13 am

Thanks!


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