Concord Police Collect 197 Pounds of Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday

October 30, 2013 10:00 am · 6 comments

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel were incinerating more than 18 tons of prescription drugs today after residents throughout Northern California disposed of the pharmaceuticals over the weekend.

Dozens of Bay Area law enforcement agencies and medical facilities took part in the DEA’s 7th National Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, netting part of the 18-plus tons of prescription drugs counted by the agency’s San Francisco field office, according to field office spokesman Karl Nichols.

The drugs were collected at 226 collection sites from Bakersfield to the California-Oregon border, he said.

According to the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, a San Ramon-based non-profit agency, the event allows residents to dispose of prescription medications that are being stored in the home but no longer needed.

In many cases of prescription drug abuse, people become addicted to the pharmaceuticals after raiding the medicine cabinets of their friends and family, according to the organization.

Organization founder and CEO April Rovero said the group’s mission is “help get the word out about locking these medications up.”
Rovero said she founded the local non-profit after losing her 21-year-old son to a prescription drug overdose.

She said about a dozen volunteers from her organization fanned out at drop-off locations throughout the Bay Area on Saturday to hand out educational information to people dropping off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Residents dropped off bags full of medications at police stations, fire departments and hospitals throughout the region during the four-hour event.

In Concord, police collected more than 197 pounds of prescription drugs on Saturday, which rose slightly from the amount the department received during in April, according to Sgt. Robert Brady.

Like many Bay Area police departments, the Concord Police Department accepts unwanted prescription drugs at its station year-round, he said.

Allowing residents to dispose of the potentially hazardous drugs anonymously “cuts down on the possibility of secondary sales on the street and keeps it out of the hands of children and adolescents that may have access to them,” Brady said.

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Kudleme October 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I was the first one there Saturday. Thank you Mayor for letting us know where to take them. As you said, I now know CPD takes them year round which is good to know. Thanks!

Mary October 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Will they have this again Mayor? With all these medication looks like some do not take their prescriptions like the doctor order. So they are sitting there for quit a while.

Cassandra October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I’m glad to read they were properly disposed.

Clay Ton October 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Clayton City Hall on 2nd Floor in the lobby of its Police Station also takes old medications and sharps during regular business hours.

ChampagneKitty October 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I think it would be great if Mr. Mayor would compile a list of all the places in Claycord that accept sharps and create a link or tab for it so we can view it whenever. There aren’t a lot of places where sharps can be disposed of and they aren’t widely known. Just a suggestion…ahem…wink,wink…

J. October 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The Alamo Sheriff’s substation by Round Table Pizza takes sharps. Must be in a rigid box. M-F, 8am to 5pm

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