Attorney General joins with DEA, local law enforcement to announce statewide prescription drug take-back events

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that local law enforcement agencies across the state will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold prescription drug take-back events on Saturday, October 29.

“Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing problems facing Colorado today,” Suthers said. “This take-back effort and partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement across the state will help keep these potent drugs off the streets and out of the hands of youth and others to abuse.”

Law enforcement agencies have collected thousands of pounds of prescription drugs across Colorado during previous statewide take-back efforts in October 2010 and April 2011.

“By safely disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs on Saturday, October 29th, Coloradoans have the opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings or misuse of these powerful medications by members of their family,” said Kevin Merrill, acting special agent in charge for the DEA in Denver. “Please visit our Web site, www.dea.gov, for more information and to learn about drop-off locations near you.”

Consumers should not simply throw away or flush controlled substances. Often the chemicals contained in these drugs can harm wildlife or the environment. Drugs left in trash bins or by the curb also can be stolen and abused. Federal law requires that controlled substances be accepted by a certified peace officer. Controlled substances, unlike antibiotics and non-controlled prescription medications, cannot be taken back by pharmacies or doctors’ offices.

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