On Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement agencies will be working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to safely and legally get rid of your unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Palisade Police Department, and the Fruita Police Department all will be participating in the fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This national event seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. On this day, local law enforcement and the DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous. Simply stop by one of the listed locations and put your medication into the collection box, no questions asked.
During the first ever National Take Back Day, which was held on September 25, 2010, a combined total of 204.6 pounds of prescription drugs were collected by the agencies in Mesa County. Since then, area residents have disposed of hundreds more pounds of unused medications through this popular program.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The DEA states many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.