Turn in your unused prescription medication this Saturday

Prescription medication. (Michael Chen/Flickr)
Prescription medication. (Michael Chen/Flickr)

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, and the Denver Police Department will participate.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday seven police district stations in Denver and more than 100 stations across Colorado will accept expired or surplus prescription drugs from the public.

Drug Take-Back Day is nationwide initiative, spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Agency. It is designed to ensure responsible disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for prescription drug abuse.

The DEA reported that 70 percent of kids who take prescription drugs recreationally acquire or steal them from a relative. And according to the CDC, deaths from opioid overdoses are up 137 percent since the year 2000. Officials believe take-back days can help combat this problem.

“Unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a press release. “Take-Back events like these raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse.”

Last April, the DEA and their law enforcement partners collected more than 800,000 pounds of total unwanted medicines nationwide. From Colorado, alone, they collected more than 24,000 pounds from 145 collection sites.

Got some drugs to add to the pile? The following Denver stations will participate.

District 1, 1311 West 46th Ave.

District 2, 3921 Holly St.

District 3, 1625 South University Blvd.

District 4, 2100 South Clay St.

District 5, 4685 Peoria St.

District 6, 1566 Washington St.

Headquarters, 1331 Cherokee St.

Please note, the sites will not accept needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, radioactive substances, illicit drugs or pressurized containers.

If you cannot make it to a drop box Saturday, a physician may be able to provide you with one of Cordant’s prepaid mailing envelopes for easy drug disposal.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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