On Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to properly dispose of unused, unneeded, and/or expired prescription medications.
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.
• Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road
Colorado State University, Green Hall, 750 S. Meridian Ave.
• Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
• Windsor: 200 N. 11th
Last April, over 742,297 pounds (371 tons) of prescription drugs were collected at sites operated by the DEA and their state and local law enforcement partners. When added to the collections from previous Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.
Information on environmentally sound medication disposable methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be present at the Fort Collins collection site. 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.
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.
For additional information about the event, contact Lt. Greg Yeager, Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, 970-416-2185.