On Saturday, Grass Valley Police Department collected surplus of unwanted and expired prescription medications as part of the nationwide Take Back event to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
Consumers came out to Kmart, Rite Aid and Save Mart to drop off medications for safe disposal. One woman had been hanging on to a very large box of medications since her husband passed. She said “I’m so glad you guys are doing this, I really didn’t know what to do with them”.
Many people still flush medications down the toilet or hang on to them. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can prevent the abuse of prescription drugs and protect our environment. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Also, recent studies showed traces of pharmaceuticals in tap water across the U.S.
In addition to the Take Back Days, we want to remind people that three local pharmacies now host permanent drop boxes; Kmart, Rite Aid and Save Mart in addition to the one in the lobby of the Grass Valley Police Department providing easy and convenient way’s to safely dispose of your unneeded prescription medications.
A Special Thanks to:
111 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Rite Aid Pharmacy
720 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Save Mart Pharmacy
12054 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Grass Valley Police Department
129 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945