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 89 local law enforcement agencies will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold prescription drug take-back events at 117 locations on Saturday, April 28 at sites across the state.

“Prescription drug abuse is one of the gravest problems facing Colorado today,” Suthers said. “This continued partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration and 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."

“The abuse of prescription drugs has become a major public health concern in communities across our country,” said Barbra M. Roach, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Denver. “Please join us on Saturday, April 28, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Prescription Drug Take Back locations across our state, where unneeded prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal in a safe and secure manner.”

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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