Grand Junction, Colorado – On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Grand Junction Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Grand Junction Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or call the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5114.
Rx Drug Take Back Day is Coming Up Sept. 27- It’s Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets #GVCopBeat #DrugTakeBack
The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with past events, you have four locations in Mesa County to drop off your unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted medication with no questions asked. The locations are:
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.)
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is 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.
Items that will not be accepted at this event include:
- Needles & Sharps
- Mercury (thermometers)
- Oxygen containers
- Chemotherapy/ Radioactive substances
- Pressurized canisters
- Illicit drugs
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.
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.