Drop off unneeded or expired prescription medications in Wellington, RFL on April 27

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The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office along with Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Loveland and Windsor Police Departments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be accepting unused, unneeded and/or expired prescription medications on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office will monitor two drop off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Wellington: Wellington Fire Station #1, 8130 3rd Street
• Red Feather Lakes: Red Feather Fire Station, 44 Firehouse Lane.

Other drop off locations will be held at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Fort Collins:Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road
Colorado State University, Green Hall, 750 S. Meridian Ave.
• Estes Park: Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, 453 East Wonderview Avenue
• Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
• Windsor: 200 N. 11th

During two National Take-Back Initiative events in 2012, hosted by the DEA and local law enforcement agencies, Coloradans turned in more than 30,000 pounds of unused medication.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause pollution of lakes, streams and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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.

Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs will not be accepted due to potential health hazards. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. All drugs will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

For additional information about the event, contact Lt. Greg Yeager, Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, 970-416-2185.