106 Pounds of Medication Turned In
Friday, May 4, 2012
This past April 28 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m Oakley's Police Department partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to offer residents an opportunity to purge their homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Residents were able to drop of prescription drugs anonymously, without having any questions asked. The outcome was 106 pounds of prescription medication.
"I am pleased with the positive response we received from residents; I think it speaks for the need to continue to offer convenient drug disposal opportunities. Be assured we'll continue to offer additional opportunities as they are made available to us." said Chief Kollo.
Lingering drugs are a public safety issue, in that they present the opportunity for drug abuse or accidental ingestion by children, the elderly, or pets. According to the CDC more than 65 percent of people who abuse medication, obtain the drugs for free, or without asking from friends of family. Furthermore, more people are dying from drug-induced deaths than car accidents in America. However, the common disposal method of flushing prescriptions down the toilet is discouraged as the chemicals eventually make their way to waterways.
Such events are possible since Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act which amended the Controlled Substance Act in 2010. The amendment allows an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. While regulations for implementation of the act are still being drafted the DEA plans to continue to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to host drug take-back events every few months.
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The term of the current appointee to the Contra Costa County Library Commission will expire June 30, 2013. The City of Oakley is accepting applications for an appointee until Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered by the Oakley City Council on May 28, 2013 at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 3231 Main Street, Oakley, California in which applicants are encouraged to attend.
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