GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States is alarmingly high, as well as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, a recent study shows the majority of misuse is with drugs from family and friends, and even the prescription drugs in your own medicine cabinet. So today, City Market, Kroger Health, and Cardinal Health, as well as DisposeRX hosted a drug take-back event.
At City Market stood an officer from the Grand Junction Police Department and a representative from Kroger Health accepting unused or expired prescription drugs, which includes pills, liquids, and gels, as well as patches. Local law enforcement and the Kroger employee did not ask questions about the drugs dropped off. Instead, they only took the expired or unused prescription drugs and safely disposed of them.
After several drop offs, the bag of drugs was weighed, so authorities can know how many pounds of drugs they are removing from the streets, and later today, that bag of expired or unused prescription drugs will be delivered to the DEA to be properly disposed of.