National program collects and safely disposes unused prescription drugs.

A safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of unused and unneeded prescription drugs will be held this Saturday.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Denver Police Department is partnering with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the event, according to a DPD news release.

“The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally-safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse,” the release said.

During the take-back event in October, about 985,392 pounds of prescription drugs was collected by law enforcement agencies nationwide, the equivalent weight of about 156 Denver police patrol SUVs, according to police.

Prescription drugs can be anonymously dropped off in Denver at district police stations:

  • District One, 1311 W. 46th Ave. 
  • District Two, 3921 Holly St. 
  • District Three, 1625 S. University Blvd.
  • District Four, 2100 S. Clay St.
  • District Five, 4685 Peoria St.
  • District Six, 1566 Washington St.

Discards are not being accepted at the department’s administration building, 1331 Cherokee St., the release said.

The following King Soopers locations are partnering in the one-day event:

  • 2810 Quebec St.
  • 10406 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
  • 18605 E. Green Valley Ranch Blvd.

The drop off sites cannot accept liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharp objects. The program is intended for prescription drugs, not Illegal drugs.

To find a participating law enforcement agency collection site go online to takebackday.dea.gov or contact your local police department.

National studies show that abused prescription drugs are sometimes obtained from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets, the release said.

Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the national program has collected and safely disposed of nearly 13.7 million pounds, according to organizers.

 

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