September 2012

DA's Office to Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day Sep 20, 2012

OAKLAND -- The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is participating in the second Prescription Drug Take Back initiative of the year on Saturday, September 29. Alameda County residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to the Alameda County Family Justice Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for safe disposal.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Opinion: We Must Work Together to Get Children to Attend School Sep 7, 2012

By Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and Superintendent Tony Smith of the Oakland Unified School District.

Originally published in the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times on 09/06/2012.

On Aug. 27, Oakland Unified School District students headed back to school. Sadly, far too many Oakland students missed that first day and continue missing so much school that they put themselves at academic risk.

In fact, nearly one in seven Oakland students misses nearly a month of school every year, a trend that starts for some children as early as kindergarten.

Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read well by the end of third grade, and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades.

By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that a student will drop out. This is especially true for economically disadvantaged students who need school the most to break out of the cycle of poverty, but are sometimes getting the least.

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