Clean out your medicine cabinet and get rid of your unwanted, unneeded, outdated, or just plain useless prescription drugs THE SAFE WAY. This Saturday, September 25, the Grand Junction Police Department is taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 am to 2 pm you can drop off unused, expired medications with absolutely no questions asked. There are several locations throughout the Grand Valley, including the GJPD at the corner of 6th St. and Ute Ave.
There’s a good reason we’re doing this. Having a bunch of prescription medications lying around people’s homes is a leading cause of accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. In fact, some pharmaceutical drugs taken without a doctor’s prescription are just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs. Here are some stats for you:
- According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most prevalent category of drug abuse in the U.S.
- That same survey found more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.
- The 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey found one in ten 12th graders use the narcotic Vicodin for non-medical purposes.
- The 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey showed the majority of teenagers using prescription drugs got them from family and friends, including from their home medicine cabinets.
The best part about this program is you don’t have to pay anything to participate. Simply stop in at a participating location, put your unwanted medications in the box, and walk out. You’re done. There are some things we cannot accept. See a full list of those items and the complete list of participating locations here.
You’ve likely heard it said a million times, “Communication is key.” That is something the Grand Junction Police Department truly believes in. Whether it be in the middle of a critical incident we are dealing with, or in the middle of a critical issue facing our community, good communication is the key to having an effective police department that truly serves you and our great city. That is why the GJPD is launching itself into the world of social media. Our goal is to give you firsthand information and updates on the things we think are important for you to know, as well as the things we think you’ll be curious about. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of the inner workings of this department and get a chance to hear about the many activities we’re involved with that don’t get covered in the news.
This also gives us a chance to hear directly from you. We look forward to reading your comments, hearing your concerns, and learning about the things that interest you as well. This is a two-way street and one more tool to keeping us in touch with you.