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Got leftover prescription drugs? Get rid of them this Saturday

Published: April 25, 2014, 5:27 pm, by Lisa Walton

If unused or expired prescription meds are cluttering up your medicine cabinet, local enforcement agencies around the country and here in Colorado Springs are offering a safe and responsible way for you to dispose of the drugs.

National Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide initiative, has a two-fold purpose: To keep unused or expired medication from being stolen, abused or accidentally ingested; and to keep leftover prescription drugs from contaminating the water supply when medicine is flushed down the toilet and put down the sink.

Colorado Springs Police will be collecting tablets, capsules and pills at the following four locations from 10 a.m.. to 2 p.m. tomorrow:

Police Operations Center, 705 s. Nevada Ave.
Security Fire Station 1, 400 Security Blvd. 
Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Drive
Memorial Hospital North , 4105 Briargate Parkway

Things that will NOT be accepted: 

Illegal drugs
Needles/ sharps
Mercury thermometers
Oxygen containers
Chemotherapy/radioactive substances
Pressurized canisters

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency,  during the most recent drug take-back day on Oct. 26, citizens at 5,683  take-back sites across the country disposed of 324 tons of medications.

In Colorado last year’s 98 law enforcement agencies participated in the initiative, collecting a total of t 18,433 pounds of drugs  from 131 collection sites.

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