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Prescription medication take-back day is Saturday

Submitted to The Union

On Saturday, the Grass Valley Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration 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 Corner of Neal and South Auburn streets in downtown Grass Valley.

Previous "take-back days" have been very successful in Nevada County. From April 2012 through October 2013, Nevada County residents safely disposed of 1,925 pounds of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs.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.

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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 suggests this water pollution may also have negative affects on wildlife.

The drop-off location is in Grass Valley on the corner of Neal and South Auburn streets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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