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Granite City Police Department receives grant for drug collection unit

From Illinois Business Journal news services

GRANITE CITY – Granite City has been awarded a grant from CVS pharmacies to install a drug collection unit.

gcmeddisposalThe new unit will be located at Granite City Police Department lobby, 2330 Madison Ave., and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

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 Granite City 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. Many of the drug deaths in our county are a result of addiction to prescription drugs. Often these pills have been pilfered from friends and relatives medicine cabinets,” said Chief Rich Miller.

The new drug collection unit represents one of 1,000 units that CVS and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. The 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.

Said Josh Flum, senior vice president of retail pharmacy at CVS Health: “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”

CVS also assists law enforcement by supporting local drug take back events and promoting local drug disposal collection sites. CVS has conducted drug collection campaigns utilizing their retail locations, including several National Drug Take Back Day events. Law enforcement agencies which operate their own on-going collection site programs can also arrange to have the address and hours of their operations posted in local CVS stores.

Granite City’s new site is open to the public from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Granite City residents and CVS customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll-free phone number 1 (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

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