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CANCELED - Drug Take-Back Day
- Date: 04/25/2020 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Littleton Police Department (LPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 18th opportunity in 10 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the Littleton Center front parking lot at 2255 W. Berry Avenue in Littleton. LPD cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11.8 million pounds—nearly 5,900 tons—of pills.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not convenient, bring them to the City of Littleton Drug Drop Box, or follow these steps:
- Take the meds out of their bottles;
- Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
- Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.
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. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information call 303-795-3881 weekdays, prior to the event.