Grain Valley residents may safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as unwanted documents in a free community drug take back and shredding event on Saturday at Grain Valley Police Department (GVPD), 711 Main Street.
The drug take back event, a part of a nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held Saturday, October 23rd from 10:-00am—2:00pm. All prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted, but no syringes will be allowed.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained by family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition to the drug take back event, GVPD is hosting a shredding event from 10:00am—1:00pm for resident businesses or individuals (proof of residency required). Participants may bring up to three bags or boxes for secure disposal.