SWEETWATER COUNTY — Both the Rock Springs and Green River police departments are participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 24.
Both departments believe National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue, which is why from 10 am to 2 pm residents can drop off unwanted or old prescriptions.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
According to the Rock Springs Police Department, the National Prescription Take-Back events are coordinated with the US Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies.
The goal of the National Prescription Take Back events is to encourage people to remove old, unused, and unneeded medications from their homes while providing a safe method of destruction for the medications.
Illicit drugs, sharps materials, and pressurized medications (such as Inhalers) cannot be accepted at this event. There is no charge for medication drop-offs.
Residents can make drop off on Saturday, October 24, from 10 am until 2 pm at the locations listed below.
Green River Police Department’s Collection Point
- Smith’s Food & Drug: Saturday, October 24, from 10 am until 2 pm.
Rock Springs Police Department’s Collection Points
- Albertson’s Grocery and Pharmacy: 1323 Dewar Drive
- Smith’s Grocery and Pharmacy: 2531 Foothill Blvd.
- WalMart: 201 Gateway Blvd.