DANVILE -- The Danville police department will participate in Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town offices at 510 La Gonda Way.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration-sponsored free event invites residents to turn anonymously in their unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs so they won't endanger the health and safety of others.

Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the event helps reduce the possibility of abuse or theft of the drugs, which are often easily obtained from friends and family. It seeks to curb the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse nationwide, as well as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses they caused.

Residents also are cautioned not to flush such drugs down the toilet or throw them in the trash, because that poses potential safety and health hazards.

After the event, pharmaceuticals also can dropped off all year in a special bin at the police department's front desk.

For more information, contact Community Services Coordinator Claudia Ray at 925-314-3704 or cray@danville.ca.gov.

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