4th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Collects Record 276 Tons

May 11, 2012

GRASS VALLEY, CA – May 11, 2012 – On April 28, 2012  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County partnered with the Grass Valley Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and local pharmacies to give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Community members brought medications for disposal to the Grass Valley locations: Kmart – 111 W. McKnight Way,
Rite Aid – 720 Sutton Way, or Save Mart – 2054 Nevada City Highway where permanent disposal stations are hosted. The service was free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The Coalition thanks the volunteers from the Grass Valley Police Department, the Coalition members and staff who volunteered their time, the pharmacy staff, and the community for participating in another successful year.  

Northern California alone had a total of 173 collections sites hosted by 108 agencies in the San Francisco Field Division Area of Responsibility (Northern California) collecting approximately 10 tons (20,915 lbs.) of unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medications. Grass Valley’s contribution to this collection exceeded 700 lbs.  On April 28, 2012, the event  turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four Take Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.

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