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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Slated for Saturday, April 30

April 27, 2011

CSU police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are partnering for the 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30.

pillsThe day encourages people to drop off unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications at a locally-designated place to help prevent prescription drug substance abuse and issues around proper disposal of medications. 

During last year’s effort, more than 242,000 lbs of prescription drugs collected for safe and proper disposal at more than 4,000 sites held in 50 states. Colorado sites collected more than 9,250 pounds of prescription medications last year.   

This year’s area drop-off locations are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medications can be dropped off anonymously and disposed of through the service free of charge.

Drop off locations include a site on CSU’s campus at Green Hall, 750 South Drive. In Fort Collins, prescriptions can be dropped off at Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 Timberline Road. Other area drop-off locations are:

- Estes Park: Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, 453 Wonderview #1

- Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.

- Red Feathers: Red Feather Firehouse, 44 Firehouse Lane

- Wellington: Wellington Fire Station #1, 8130 3rd Street

- Windsor: 200 N. 11th

- Drake: Drake Firehouse, 1461 W. Hwy 34

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates, 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. Many Americans also do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pollute lakes, streams and water supplies.  

Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs will not be accepted due to potential health hazards. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. All drugs will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines. 

 


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-491-6009