Lawmakers want to help curb prescription drug abuse in Colorado, a state they say has one of the highest abuse rates in the country.
Cities along the Front Range are accepting unused and expired prescription medication on Saturday to prevent them from being abused or disposed of improperly.
Colorado has the second highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the nation. More people die from drug overdoses than car crashes every year. Now health officials are teaming up with law enforcement to tackle the problem.
A national drive to dispose of prescription drugs took place on Friday across the country.
Authorities across Colorado are getting ready to help people dispose of unused and expired medications as part of Saturday’s prescription drug take back event.
People with unused prescription medications will be encouraged to dispose them at approved locations under a bill that passed the Colorado House.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance policies must cover prescription drugs.
The majority of people who suffer from chronic pain feel they are treated like drug addicts during their pharmacy visits, and nearly one-third of pain sufferers showed concern they are being embarrassed by their healthcare provider.
One of Colorado’s U.S. senators is behind a sweeping new drug safety law — the first in decades. It allows the government to track prescription drugs the same way companies like FedEx track packages.
Authorities across Colorado are disposing of unused and expired medications as part of Saturday’s prescription drug take back event.