A spokesperson for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department has confirmed they will be hosting a prescription drug turn-in event. Deputies caution that unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be used and abused. In order to keep these items safely out of the hands of small children and teens, residents are encouraged to dispose of them properly. Unwanted medications should never be flushed down the toilet, they said, because this can cause health problems for aquatic life.
A number of drop boxes will be located throughout the county. These locations include the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. the office of the Sheriff Muir Station, the Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, the Danville Police Department and the Oakley Police Department. Representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said more than 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in last year. More than 2 million pounds of pills have been turned in in recent years.
The rates of prescription drug use are on the rise, according to law enforcement professionals. Accidental overdoses and poisoning are especially concerning. Pharmacy representatives say many of the drugs that are used and abused are obtained through friends an family members. Others steal pills and cough syrups from medicine cabinets. The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department take-back event will reportedly take place this Saturday between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Additional take-backs will be scheduled in the future.