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Safe disposal of unused medication

July 12, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids Help Grundy County Combat Drug Abuse and Safer Disposal of Unused Medication

Grundy County Sheriff's Office, Public Health and Grundy County Memorial Hospital receives grant for Drug Collection Unit

Grundy County announced today that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit. The new Unit is located at Grundy County Sheriff's Office and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

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The new Unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents' homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

The new Unit will also help Grundy County prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.

Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment. Grundy County is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.

The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP's goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.



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