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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Drug Take Back Day

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Wheat Ridge Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Pills and patches can be dropped off for disposal at Lutheran Medical Center’s main entrance at 8300 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.


In addition to Drug Take Back events around the metro area on April 27, prescription drugs may also be disposed of properly at the kiosk inside the Walgreens Drug Store at W. 44th and Kipling and at the Lutheran Medical Center outpatient pharmacy. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the spring Drug Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

“Opioid and other prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions,” stated Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. “We are not immune to this type of addiction in Wheat Ridge and should also be mindful of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. We are proud to work with the DEA each year to bring this important event to our community in order to help keep out-of-date and unused medications from being misused and from contaminating our water system.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

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