GROVELAND — Chief of Police Jeffrey Gillen is pleased to announce that the Groveland Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again be participating in National Drug Take Back Day this weekend.
Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Groveland Police Station, 181 Main St.
National Drug Take Back Day is a biannual, free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance misuse disorder by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles, or sharps.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2020 an estimated 9.3 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 5.1 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 6.2 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.
“This is a safe and easy way for our residents to dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs. Utilizing this event will help to ensure that drugs do not fall into the wrong hands and reduce the chance of medication misuse, thus supporting our department’s goal of making our community healthier and safer,” Chief Gillen said.
Groveland Police also have a permanent take back box in the police station lobby for those who wish to dispose of prescriptions, but are unable to attend Take Back Day. Residents should note that no liquids, needles, sharps or inhalers can be dropped off at the kiosk.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about this month’s Take Back Day or for complete results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.