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Cities, local law enforcement,medical care providers and others encourage safe disposal of pain meds

PROVO, UTAH (October 18, 2011) -- Which city has the cleanest medicine cabinets? We aren't talking old toothpaste or double edged safety razor, but unused prescription medications. Seventy percent of those who abuse pain medication say they get them from friends or relatives, typically without their knowledge.

The Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team (SMART) along with other local law enforcement, businesses, and medical care providers are sponsoring a free "Prescription Drug Take Back Event" on Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations throughout Utah County. You can help reduce the availability of prescription medications for abuse by properly disposing of unused medications at the following locations:

  • Saratoga Springs Smith's, 1320 Redwood Rd
  • Lehi Macey's, 760 East Main Street
  • American Fork Fresh Market, 135 East Main
  • Pleasant Grove Macey's, 931 West State Street
  • Lindon Walker's C-store, 25 South State Street
  • Orem Macey's, 880 North State Street
  • Provo Macey's, 1400 North State Street
  • Provo Smith's, 350 North Freedom Boulevard
  • Springville Allen's, 340 South Main Street
  • Mapleton PD, 305 North Main Street
  • Spanish Fork Macey's, 187 East 1000 North
  • Payson Smith's, 632 South 100 West

After the take back events, a special judging an award ceremony will take place on Monday, October 31st on the Historic County Courthouse steps (50 S. University Ave, Provo) to present the "Cleanest Cabinet Award."

For more information on how you can help to prevent substance abuse, including permanent drop off locations for prescription medications, please see www.CleanOutTheCabinet.org/ or call 801-851-7181.