FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The community is encouraged to prevent prescription drug abuse with the “Stomp it Out 5k Fun Run” Saturday at Fresno State.
The event takes place at 8 a.m. at the university campus on 5214 N Maple Ave., Fresno, CA 93740.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office representatives will be collecting unused prescription drugs in the university’s parking lot.
Spokesman Tony Botti said the fun run is part of the county’s “Lock it Up” project, which Sheriff Margaret Mims and former county supervisor Debbie Poochigian helped form to stop prescription drug abuse (PDA).
It is something that has been identified as one of the most urgent problems to tackle in the Fresno area.
The project has gained support from local congregations, Clovis Unified School District and local businesses.
Race participants can register online at www.stompitoutpda.com. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. The general admission entry fee is $15 and $10 for students, military and first responders.
There will be also be a free kids’ obstacle race and family festival. All community members and families are welcomed to attend.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Fresno State Foundation, which will use the earnings to promote its prescription drug abuse awareness initiatives.