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City Launches Year-Round Prescription Drug Drop-Off Site

May 2, 2019

For the past nine years, the Garden Grove Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The City is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Rite Aid Corporation (KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program) to offer this service year-round.

Residents can now bring their unwanted medication for safe disposal in a medication disposal dropbox, located in the Garden Grove Police Department lobby, at 11301 Acacia Parkway, during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. No liquids, needles, or sharps accepted, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the proper disposal of prescription drugs, go to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.