AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora Police Department will hold a prescription drug take-back event this Saturday.

Police are inviting residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring expired, unwanted or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications for proper disposal.

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. Besides keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands, it also has the benefit of keeping the drugs out of the water supply.

Police will be available at two locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

Aurora Municipal Center, east side
15151 East Alameda Parkway

The Medical Center of Aurora, north parking lot
1501 South Potomac Street

Residents can just drive up and drop off the drugs.

Properly Disposing of Drugs

— Do not flush medications down the toilet or put them down the sink drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically tells you to do so.

— To dispose of all other prescription medication, take it out of its original container and mix it with cat litter or coffee grounds. Put that mixture in a sealable bag or container with a lid and put it in the trash. Cross off any identifying information on the prescription bottle and dispose of it in the trash.

— Check with your pharmacist to see if they will take back your unused medications.

— Participate in Colorado’s Medication Take Back Pilot Program by taking all non-controlled medications in their containers to the pharmacy at King Soopers at 4271 S. Buckley Road. The drop box will list all acceptable medications.

For more information about the Prescription Drug Take Back event and collection sites across the state, visit


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