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On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Castle Rock Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will once again give our community the opportunity 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 Police Department at 100 Perry Street or King Soopers at 5544 Promenade Parkway. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In addition to the prescription drug takeback, Kings Soopers is joining in the efforts by adding a sharps collection bin at the King Soopers location. (Sites cannot accept liquids, only pills or patches and the Police Department location cannot accept needles or sharps)
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 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. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.
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 about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to DEA Take Back.