Attorney General announces that local law enforcement, DEA collected nearly five tons of drugs as part of take-back events

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that local law enforcement in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration took back 9,257.8 pounds of prescription controlled substances from Coloradans on Sept. 25 as part of a statewide take-back event.

“I was pleased to learn that Colorado collected nearly five tons of prescription medication last weekend,” Suthers said. “During my time at a take-back location in Colorado Springs, I watched as dozens of local residents came in to hand over their leftover prescription drugs. The number of people that participated and the amount of drugs they turned over to local police left me convinced that we need to make these take-back events a regular occurrence.”

Suthers thanked the DEA for the invaluable role they played planning and coordinating each take-back event across Colorado. Suthers also thanked the more than 90 local law enforcement agencies that made the statewide take-back event such a resounding success.

“The unprecedented support received from the public and our community partners has, without question, made our homes and communities a safer place to live,” said DEA Rocky Mountain Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Kevin R. Merrill. “We all have benefited by participating in this life saving program.”

The Office of the Attorney General plans to work with the DEA and local law enforcement to make prescription drug take-back days a regularly scheduled event in Colorado.

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