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Boulder Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 27

Boulder police taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 27 

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Boulder Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the community the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder at 1750 33rd St. for safe disposal. Drive-thru and walk up drop-offs will be accepted in the east parking lot. The DEA can only accept pills and patches. Vitamins, dietary supplements, liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted. Please remove all pills from their bottles and place into a plastic bag for fast disposal; pill bottles cannot be accepted for recycling.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Posted: April 8, 2019

Media Contacts: 
Shannon Aulabaugh, Police and Fire PIO, 303-441-3370