Police encourage safe disposal of
unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Town of Estes Park Police Department will offer Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day to collect unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal — no questions asked. “Now is a good time to mark your calendar and start collecting everything you want to get out of the medicine cabinet,” commented Officer Gregg Filsinger, who manages this free service for the community. The collection will be held in front of Rocky Mountain Pharmacy, located at 455 East Wonderview Ave. in Upper Stanley Village. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated.
Estes Park’s Drug Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national campaign to provide a safe way for people to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and potentially harmful prescription drugs. To find participating collection sites in other communities, visit www.dea.gov.
Misused and abused prescription drugs containing controlled substances can lead to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that prescription medicines are the most abused drugs by Americans, next to marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription medicines and three quarters of teen prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family and friends — often from a home medicine cabinet. Ridding homes of these substances greatly reduces the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning.
Items which cannot be accepted at the Drug Take Back Day collection sites are needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, marijuana and illicit drugs. The Estes Park Police Department is no longer able to accept drugs outside of the Drug Take Back Event.
For more information, please contact Officer Gregg Filsinger of the Estes Park Police Department at 970-577- 3868 or at 970-586-4000.