Rx Drug Take Back Day is This Saturday- April 26 from 10am-2pm: Four Drop Off Locations in Mesa County #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

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ENG ONLY Rx drug take back 04-14It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinets and help keep prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of the wrong hands.

This Saturday, April 26 from 10am-2pm is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and your local law enforcement agencies are participating.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to get rid of unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted prescription medications.  We will properly dispose of them for you, with no questions asked.  Simply drop them off at one of the four locations:

Grand Junction Police Department:555 Ute Ave.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office: 215 Rice St.

Palisade Police Department: 175 E. Third St.

Fruita Police Department: 157 S. Mesa St.

 

There are a couple of things we are not allowed to accept, including: needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the DEA, 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, including from the home medicine cabinet. People often choose to flush them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.

As a reminder, the Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will take: needles and sharps, over-the-counter medications, pressurized or aerosol and mercury containing items Thursdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is free of charge to Mesa County residents. However, they are NOT able to accept controlled substances (narcotics), chemotherapy or radio-active substances or oxygen tanks. The Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility can be reached directly at (970) 257-9336 or (970) 256-9543. You can also visit their website at: http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/template.aspx?id=12478.

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