Prescription Medication Take Back Day Saturday October 26th in Grass Valley

On Saturday, October 26th Grass Valley Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day.   This program allows members of the public to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal and destruction at the Drop off Location listed below. 

Previous “Take Back Days” have been very successful in Nevada County.  From April 2012 through September 2013, Nevada County residents safely disposed of 1,925 pounds of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can prevent the abuse of prescription drugs and protect our environment. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in homes are susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

It’s also a bad idea to flush unused medications down the toilet as they can get into our water systems. A 2008 study by the Associated Press found traces of pharmaceuticals in tap water across the U.S. and evidence suggest this water pollution may also have negative affects on wildlife.

DROP OFF LOCATION: In Grass Valley Corner of Neal and South Auburn (parking lot across from Safeway in GV)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 26th  from 10:00-2:00

IMPORTANT! In addition to the Take Back Days, we want to remind people that three local pharmacies now host permanent drop boxes that are open daily; 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.

Permanent Safe Disposal Sites:

Grass Valley Police Department  Kmart Pharmacy
129 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
111 W. McKnight Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Rite Aid Pharmacy Save Mart Pharmacy
720 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
12054 Nevada City Hwy
Grass Valley, CA 95945

more information: http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org