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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

September 20, 2012

To date -- through the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event -- the Drug Enforcement Agency has collected over 276 tons of prescription drugs at 5,600 sites.

Drug Take-Back Day makes it easy to dispose of unused, unneeded, and expired prescription medications.September 29
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Green Hall
750 S. Meridian Ave.

Green Hall on CSU's main campus is included in a list of drop-off locations for Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Area drop-off locations will be held at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous.  

Environmental/public safety issue

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause pollution of lakes, streams and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many people 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.

Items we can't accept

Due to potential health hazards, we are unable to accept:

  • intravenous solutions
  • injectables
  • syringes
  • mercury (thermometers)
  • oxygen containers
  • chemotherapy/radioactive substances
  • pressurized canisters
  • illicit drugs will not be accepted

.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: Lt. Greg Yeager
Phone: (970) 416-2185