Drug Take-Back Day opportunity to safely dispose of medication

Colorado State University Police Department is participating in Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30. Unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication can be anonymously dropped off at Green Hall on campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Drug Take-Back Day provides citizens with a free and safe way to dispose of medications, no questions asked. Last fall, about 350 tons of prescription drugs were collected at 5,000 sites. Other methods of drug disposal, including flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose safety and health hazards and are no longer recommended.

Police suggest that identifying information such as labels, be removed. Medication can be dropped in its original container, or pills can be placed directly into the disposal box. All liquids, such as sough syrup, should remain sealed in its original container.

Intra-venous solutions, injectable medication and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Marijuana or street drugs such as methamphetamine will not be accepted. Pressurized items such as inhalers also will not be accepted.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA diversion website.