DENVER (CBS4) – Cities along the Front Range are accepting unused and expired prescription medication on Saturday to prevent them from being abused or disposed of improperly.
Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. Colorado residents who want to dispose of medication they no longer need or use can anonymously drop off their drugs.
In April, more than 780,158 pounds of drugs were collected at sites operated by the DEA and state and local agencies. In total, previous take-back events have collected 4.1 million pounds of prescription drugs.
Fort Collins police, which is participating in the event, says studies show abused prescription drugs are often obtained from family members and friends — primarily from home medicine cabinets. Colorado has the second-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the nation.
All drugs received will be incinerated.
Here are the locations that will accept drugs and medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Needles and sharps objects, thermometers with mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs will not be accepted.
Berthoud: Berthoud Town Hall, 328 Massachusetts Ave.
Erie: Town Hall, 645 Holbrook St.
Denver drop-off locations at police stations:
– District 1, 1311 West 46th Ave.
– District 2, 3921 Holly St.
– District 3, 1625 S. University St.
– District 4, 2100 S. Clay St.
– District 5, 4685 Peoria St.
– District 6, 1566 Washington St.
– Headquarters, 1331 Cherokee St.
– Colorado State University: Green Hall, 750 S. Meridian Ave.
– Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road
Highlands Ranch: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Dr.
Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
Red Feather: Red Feather Lakes Community Library, 71 Fire House Lane
Wellington: Bella’s Market, 7670 S. 5th St.