Law Enforcement Hold Rx Drug Take Back
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Local law enforcement participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back day Saturday afternoon.
Officials waited at designated stations for locals to swing by and drop off their unused, unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs.
The event had drop off locations at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, the Grand Junction Police Department, Palisade’s town hall, and the Fruita Police Department.
Law enforcement says this cause is very important to them because they've seen the dangers of prescription drug abuse first-hand.
“We have seen a lot of the times is people will steal medications of other people or families with teenagers and youth. A lot of times the youth will take them, and either use them or give them to his friends or sell them,” says Corporal Danny Norris at the Sheriff’s Office.
When NewsChannel 5 stopped by to check up on the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Saturday afternoon, officials said they had already collected more than 400 pounds of prescription drugs at their location alone.
Prescription drug take back events like this are held twice a year by Mesa County law enforcement.