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Posted on: April 7, 2021

DEA Announces 20th Take Back Day April 24.

DEA Take Back Spring 2021

At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic. 

 The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at Jefferson County Sheriff's Office collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office will accommodate collections at three sites in the county:

Sheriff’s Office Headquarters 
200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Marshdale Elementary School
26663 N Turkey Creek Rd
Evergreen, CO 80439
(In the round-about)

Dakota Ridge High School
13399 W Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton, CO 80127
(In the west parking lot)

Facts About the Event

This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

  • The program is anonymous
  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, (tablets and capsules) are accepted
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles and oxygen containers will not be accepted
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative
  • The prescriptions should be removed from the original containers and placed in a plastic bag prior to drop off

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