On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an 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.
Bring your pills for disposal to either the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder or the Lyon’s Substation at 432 5th Avenue, Lyons. Lyons' drop off will be a drive-thru drop off; just stop out in front of the substation by the tent, roll down your window, and a deputy or representative will take the items from you.
Items not accepted at this collection include: inhalers, syringes, chemotherapy drugs, and liquids.
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.
In addition, disposing of unwanted medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website.