Law enforcement agencies in the Tri-Valley are hosting community events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 24) to allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications for free with no questions asked as part of National Drug Takeback Day.
Events in Livermore, Dublin and Danville aim to help keep pills and other pharmaceutical drugs out of landfills, sewer systems or the wrong hands by encouraging proper disposal. Pleasanton, which is not holding a Drug Takeback Day event, does offer a medical disposal bin at the police department year-round.
"Please look through your cabinets and drawers for expired or unused medications or vaping products," Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said in a statement. "The safe disposal of these drugs serves an important public safety and public health need. Safe disposal reduces the chance that the medications will be misused or abused and ensures that they won't be disposed of in a way that is harmful to the environment."
The DA's office is coordinating Drug Takeback Day dropoff locations at local courthouses on Saturday, including the East County Hall of Justice at 5151 Gleason Drive in Dublin.
Dublin Police Services is also holding at dropoff event, at the Dublin Civic Center at 100 Civic Plaza.
In Livermore, police are hosting a dropoff event in front of the police department headquarters at 1110 S. Livermore Ave.
Danville Police Department will host a dropoff location at Danville Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way.
Across the board, the events are free and anonymous, and they target solid-form medications only. Participants are asked to place the items in a sealed bag for dropoff.
Officials will not be accepting intravenous solutions, injectables or syringes. The National Drug Takeback Day collection events are in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The year-round pill disposal bin in Pleasanton is located at the Pleasanton Police Department headquarters at 4833 Bernal Ave.