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 ParkwayGolden, CO 80401
Marshdale Elementary School26663 N Turkey Creek RdEvergreen, CO 80439(In the round-about)
Dakota Ridge High School13399 W Coal Mine AvenueLittleton, 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.