San Francisco police on Saturday are taking part in a nationwide prescription drug take-back event at all 10 of its district stations in the city.
The event, part of a partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is an attempt to remove expired or unwanted prescription drugs that can lead to abuse or accidental poisonings in homes, according to police.
Studies have shown that the majority of prescription drug abuse comes from drugs obtained from family or friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Other methods of disposing of the drugs, including flushing them down the toilet, can pose safety ...Read More »
Months of volunteer work at a state park in San Francisco's Bayview District was uprooted over the weekend when vandals destroyed thousands of plants and broke gardening equipment at a restoration nursery.
The vandalism occurred sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning at a nursery in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, located at 1150 Carroll Ave. in the shadow of the Candlestick Park stadium.
Patrick Rump, executive director of Literacy for Environmental Justice, a nonprofit that runs the nursery, said the vandals overturned as many as 5,000 plants, smashed garden tools and nursery tables, damaged community ...Read More »
A 70-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Oakland on Monday afternoon, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.
Oakland resident Zhuogang Yu was riding his bike near the corner of East 12th Street and 17th Avenue at about 4 p.m. when he was struck.
The driver stopped and cooperated with police, an Oakland police officer said.
For more information on local bike accidents, see The Bay Citizen's Bike Accident Tracker.Read More »
As seasonal temperatures rise around the Bay Area, the SPCA and animal care activists are advising pet owners to be extra careful when leaving dogs or other pets locked inside vehicles.
Animals exposed to high temperatures can quickly suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke when left in a vehicle on a day when temperatures outside reach only mild levels, according to the SPCA.
Leaving windows open or parking in the shade will not prevent your pet from getting overheated, officials said.
If a pet becomes overheated, the SPCA recommends taking the animal to a cool area and applying cold ...Read More »
San Francisco is launching a manufacturer-sponsored unused medicine take-back program Monday at a Castro District pharmacy.
In an effort to combat the threat to public health and the environment posed by unsafe disposal of prescription medicines, the city will offer drop-off sites at 12 pharmacies and all police stations, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
The program is being launched at 10 a.m. Monday with an event at MOMS Pharmacy at 4071 18th St. Melanie Nutter, director of the Department of the Environment, and Police Chief Greg Suhr are scheduled to attend.
According to the Department ...Read More »
A woman who went missing after leaving St. Helena Hospital on Tuesday afternoon has been found, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.
Jessica Young left the hospital in St. Helena around 2 p.m. Tuesday and was last seen a short time later at a nearby home in the first block of Hillcrest Road, sheriff's Lt. Tom Commander said.
Authorities said she might be acting inappropriately and appear delusional.
Young has left the hospital's mental health ward and returned before, authorities said.
She was found in San Francisco late Thursday night, according to her father.Read More »
Sunday is officially Earth Day, hailed as the day to celebrate all things environment with many communities getting an early start on saving the planet this Saturday.
In the Bay Area, communities are pitching in Saturday to clean up everything from our levees to parks, while other cities have organized efforts to protect animals and other wildlife.
San Francisco's Earth Day festivities include celebrations at the San Francisco Zoo which will offer recycling and composting games for children, talks with zookeepers about wildlife conservation and presentations about energy conversation.
Interactive science museum The Exploratorium on Lyon Street will offer ...Read More »