National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to feature Richmond drop off sites

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to include Richmond drop off site
Photo courtesy of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, April 30, and will feature drop-off locations throughout Contra Costa County, including in Richmond.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Another drop off site will be at the RPD Substation at 1000 Macdonald Avenue during the same hours, according to the Richmond Police Department.

The event allows citizens to anonymously rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unuse and unwanted prescription drugs and at no cost.

“The Take Back Event addresses not only a public health issue but also public safety,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston. “These drugs could fall into the wrong hands and harm family members and friends. This is an opportunity for everyone to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”

Drop off locations on April 30 will include Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond; Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez; Office of the Sheriff Valley Station, 150 Alamo Plaza, #C, Alamo; Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville; Lafayette Police Department, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette; and Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA.

Needles and sharps cannot be accepted; only pills, patches, and liquids sealed in their original container will be accepted, the Sheriff’s Office said. Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers are accepted only after the batteries are removed from the devices.

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