Sheriff's Office no longer accepting Rx drugs, landfill next option

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is no longer accepting unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs.

After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration held their last national drug take back event in the fall of 2014, the MCSO continued to accept unwanted medications.

Now, funding has run out and without the DEA's assistance it has become to costly for the Sheriff's Office to dispose of the large quantities of unwanted drugs.

“There is a need in our community for safe disposal of these medications,” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis in a press release Monday. “This is clear from the amount of medications we receive on a regular basis. I am thankful for the local option our citizens will continue to have.”

Residents hoping to dispose of unwanted drugs should take them to the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Facility at 3071 Hwy. 50 in Grand Junction.
The Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Landfill, accepts over-the-counter medications and sharps/syringes from Mesa County households for free. The facility does not accept controlled substances.

Residential collection days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, call (970) 256-9543 or visit the link to the right.

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