A new medication drop box location has been added to Mesa County. Palisade Pharmacy, 707 37 3/10 Rd B, Palisade, CO 81526, is the first location to install a drop box on the eastern end of the Grand Valley. The new site is an outcome of a partnership fostered by the Opioid Response Group. Mesa County residents are encouraged to take advantage of this new drop box during the DEA Take Back on Saturday, April 27th.
Recent studies report sixteen percent of Mesa County high school students ever using prescription pain medication without a doctor’s prescription, half of the people who said they misused prescription pain relievers reported obtaining the medication from a friend or relative for free, and approximately five percent of people reported taking medication from a friend or relative without asking.
“How you dispose of unused and expired medications does make a difference, and we know accessibility is key. The new location in Palisade will make medication disposal more accessible for community members on the East end of the Valley,” Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Epidemiology Program Manager Heidi Dragoo said.
Keep these tips in mind as you dispose of unwanted or expired medications:
Click here for additional medication drop boxes in Mesa County.
Members of the media should call or text Diana Williams at (970) 697-4611 or visit health.mesacounty.us for more information.