DENVER (CBS4) – Agencies across Colorado, including the Denver Police Department, King Soopers and UCHealth, staged a massive effort on Saturday to safely dispose of prescription drugs. The 20th Annual National Medication Take-Back Day encouraged residents to check their medicine cabinet for unwanted, unused, or expired medications and drop them off at medication drop-off points.
“Typically we report 100 to 125 pounds just in our district,” said Kiarra Jenkins, Denver Police Resource Officer. Jenkins operated a District 5 drop-off point at King Soopers in Central Park. “It’s really important because we don’t want these pills to fall into the hands of children or drug addicts. We don’t want anyone to overdose or get sick from these prescription drugs. ”
During the last Take Back Day in April 2021, Americans donated 420 tons (839,543 pounds) of prescription drugs to 5,060 collection sites set up by the DEA and its 4,425 participating community partners and police officers across the country. . In Colorado alone, 54 law enforcement agencies collected 8.1 tonnes (16,221 pounds) of prescription drugs from 82 sites. The previous twenty Take Back events coordinated by the DEA nationally since 2010 have removed 14,524,391 million pounds (7,262 tons) of prescription drugs from circulation (334,905 pounds in Colorado).
People told CBS4’s Mekialaya White that they chose to drop their drugs for a variety of reasons.
“I only have a few,” said participant Rosie Nichols. “It’s good for the environment.
“I had old prescription drugs from my kids who recovered from a cold or flu or old vitamins,” said Corinne Olson-Smith. “I just don’t want to put it in landfills or in groundwater. I know it’s going to seep into the groundwater, so I try to be environmentally conscious.
If you missed the event on Saturday, there are dumps all year round:
• Avon Police Department, 60 Buck Creek Road, Avon, CO 81620
• Basalt Police Department, 100 Elk Run Drive, STE 115, Basalt, CO 81621
• Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, 0885 E. Chambers Ave, Eagle CO 81631
• Glenwood Springs Police Department, 101 W 8th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
• Vail Police Department, 75 S. Frontage Rd, Vail, CO 81657
• Vail Health Hospital, Vail Pharmacy, 180 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657
• Shaw Center, Edwards Pharmacy, 322 Beard Creek Road, Edwards, CO 81632
Each agency hosts drop boxes year-round as part of the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program sponsored by the Colorado Consortium for the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse. Look for the green drug disposal boxes at the Vail Municipal Building, Avon Public Safety Facility, the main entrance to the Eagle County Justice Center in the Basalt Police Department Lobby and in the two pharmacies of Vail Health.
For more information and to locate a drug drop-off point near you, visit www.takemedsback.org.