Pleasanton and Dublin are joining Alameda County today in a program that gives the public a chance to take unused prescription drugs to law enforcement agencies for disposal.
In this free and anonymous program, potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected for destruction. The program is being run in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Residents can drop off tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of prescription medications, with no questions asked. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.
In Pleasanton, items for disposal can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the lobby of the Pleasanton Police Department, 4833 Bernal Ave. The drop-off is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. During the last seven Take-Back Events, nearly one million pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5300 sites operated by the DEA's state and local law enforcement partners.
Representatives from Mothers with a Purpose will be at the event to assist and share relevant information with the public. For more information, call the Pleasanton Police Sergeant at (925) 931-5100.
Dublin Police Services' annual "Take-Back Initiative" also will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Dublin Civic Center on Dublin Boulevard. For more information, call the Dublin Police Crime Prevention Unit at (925) 833-6670 or visit www.dea.gov/
The Alameda County District Attorney's office also is participating in the program with free, confidential and safe disposal stations available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Kaiser Oakland, 3801 Howe St. and the Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th St., both in Oakland; Alameda Kaiser medical office, 2417 Central Ave., Alameda, and at the Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador St., Hayward
"Locally and nationally, this event serves a vital public safety and public health need," said District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. "We encourage all Alameda County citizens to look through their homes and safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medication. This is an important step in reducing the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction in our community."
During the last seven Take-Back Events, nearly one million pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA's state and local law enforcement partners.
The initiative is aimed at addressing a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S. are alarmingly high.
According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.