Another record collection on Drug Disposal Day
AURORA, Colo. – A steady flow of folks streamed on to the Anschutz Medical Campus Saturday, April 28 to get rid of unwanted and expired medications.
Some came in cars or trucks, there were bicyclists, pedestrians and even a few who used walkers to steady themselves along the path.
For the third straight year, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences collected record numbers of unused and expired medications during the April 28 event.
Students and faculty helped collect nearly 1,500 pounds of medications at four Colorado locations, including the Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as in the communities of Loveland, Buena Vista and Salida.
At the Anschutz Medical Campus the tally was 761 lbs, Loveland collected approximately 700 lbs and the amounts dropped off in the towns of Buena Vista and Salida combined totaled 76 lbs.
The event is in conjunction with the U.S. Government Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) nationwide prescription take back events hosted in thousands of communities throughout the country.
Once collected, all medications are taken by the DEA to an incinerator facility in Utah for destruction.
For information on disposing of medications throughout the year, more information about the ‘take back’ program is available online from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.