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Health / Safety

CSUPD Participates in Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

October 12, 2011

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is again partnering with local law enforcement agencies for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The collection day will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, and is intended to focus national attention to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse and proper disposal of unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications.   

Area drop off locations will be held at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The service is free and anonymous.

Fort Collins - Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road
and Colorado State University, Green Hall, 750 South Drive

Estes Park - Estes Park Pharmacy, 600 South Saint Vrain Avenue

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

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause pollution of lakes, streams and water supplies. Information on environmentally sound ways to dispose of medication to minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be present at the Fort Collins Police collection site.

Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are 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. In addition, many Americans 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.

Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or 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
Phone: (970) 491-6009