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 more than 100 local law enforcement agencies will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold prescription drug take-back events on Saturday, April 30 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.”

Local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration took back nearly five tons of prescription drugs last year during the most recent statewide take-back day, held in September 2010.

“Prescription drug abuse by high school aged children in our state is higher than the national average. By deciding to participate in this event, parents could be saving the life of a loved one,” said Kevin Merrill, acting special agent in charge for the DEA in Denver. “Help make our homes and communities safer by tuning in your unused, expired medications.  Please visit www.dea.gov for more information regarding National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. ”

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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