On Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Littleton Police Department (LPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring pills for disposal to the Littleton Center front parking lot at 2255 W. Berry Avenue in Littleton. LPD can only accept pills or patches; no liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
To keep everyone safe, the collection site will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.
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 FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. For more information about the event, call 303-795-3881.