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Grandview police to collect unwanted prescription drugs

GRANDVIEW - In partnership with the DEA, the Grandview Police Department will offer a one-day opportunity for the public to drop-off unwanted prescription drugs for disposal.

The event will be next Saturday, April 30, with disposal at the Grandview Police Department. It is part of a nationwide emphasis.

Participants may bring their unwanted prescription drugs to the front counter at the Grandview Police Department and they will simply be dropped into the collection box.

Participants can leave the medication in the bottle - but it is suggested they black out the label even though the collection box will ultimately be sealed for shipment to DEA and never opened.

One could also place pills into a plastic Ziploc bag and bring them in that way.

The unwanted medicine disposal is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, said Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware. "Simply drop it in the collection box...no muss, no fuss," Ware said.

He said the department doesn't plan on setting a particular time frame for the drop-off, only that it is limited to next Saturday, April 30.

In a similar nationwide effort last year, Americans turned in 121 tons of prescription drugs.

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