City To Host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27

Proper disposal of medications cuts down on the chance of them falling into the wrong hands and is better for the environment. To help residents do just that, the City of Golden Valley will host a prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Public Safety Building lobby, 7700 Golden Valley Rd.

Drug Take Back PosterWhile Golden Valley’s drug take-back box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, more staff will be on hand to help out and answer questions during the April 27 event.

The event aims to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Disposing of medications in the drop box keeps them out of the wrong hands. It also helps the environment, as water treatment plants can’t remove all prescription medications from wastewater.

Once medications are in the drop box, registered police officers carefully remove the substances and follow a standard procedure for bundling the contents and delivering to the proper officials with Hennepin County. After collecting the medicines, sheriff’s deputies transport them to an incinerator where they are destroyed.

Golden Valley’s drug take-back box was installed in June 2016. According to police officials, people drop off about eight to 10 pounds of prescription medication a day. In 2018, the Police Department disposed of 2,315 pounds of prescription drugs that might have otherwise wound up in the water system or fallen into the wrong hands.

Medicines accepted in the take-back box include prescription medicines, controlled substances, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements, and pet medicines, but no syringes, sharps, or other medical waste.

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