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October 25, 2017

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Boulder County residents can drop off unwanted prescription medication at drug collection events

Boulder County, Colo. - On Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, and at the Lyons Substation, located at 432 5th Street, Lyons.

Items not accepted at this collection:

Liquids

Syringes

Inhalers

Chemotherapy drugs

For more information about safely disposing unwanted medication in Boulder County, including what to do with liquid medication and syringes, go to the Boulder County Public Health website. Additional safe disposal locations are available throughout Boulder County and regularly accept unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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, disposing of unwanted medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the October 28 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website.