Jefferson County, Colo. — Several law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County will join the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in National Rx Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In an effort to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs in Jefferson County, people are encouraged to bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to one of at least eight drop-off locations around the county.
“When prescription drugs remain unused in medicine cabinets, they’re susceptible to being misused or causing an accidental poisoning,” said Jeff Hanley, Opioid Initiatives Program Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health, which partnered with area law enforcement agencies to promote National Rx Take Back Day. “Bringing these drugs to a safe disposal site on National Rx Take Back Day is one way people can create a safer home and a safer community for their families, friends and neighbors.”
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that each year, the majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including medicine taken from medicine cabinets for non-medical reasons, which is illegal.
Last fall — the last time this event was held — people across the country turned in 456 tons, or 912,000 pounds, of prescriptions drugs at the more than 5,300 drop-off sites nationwide. In the last 14 Take Back Day events, more than 9 million pounds of pills have been turned over to the DEA and its local partners.
Jefferson County Take Back sites, and the law enforcement agencies hosting them, are:
It’s important for people in Jefferson County and beyond to dispose of prescription drugs at a safe disposal site, rather than throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet, which both can pose safety and health hazards.
There are six year-round prescription drug disposal sites in Jefferson County that people can use in addition to the sites open on National Rx Takeback Day.
For more information on National Rx Takeback Day, visit takebackday.dea.gov.
To learn more about the opioid epidemic in Colorado, visit: www.jeffco.us/3621.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.