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Colorado Expands Permanent Medication Take-Back Locations

Ami A.

In an effort to reduce drug addiction, Colorado will expand drop-off locations for the disposal of prescription drugs.

Data shows most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a family member or friend, said Gregg Fabisiak, a coordinator with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“We really believe that if people rid their homes of the medications that they no longer need, it’ll reduce the supply of those drugs that are obtained illicitly,” he said.

He added that the program will also seeks to reduce the environmental risks of people disposing of expired or unwanted prescription drugs at home.

“Our wastewater treatment plants and water treatment plants are really not designed to remove many of those pharmaceutical compounds, so they can pass through untreated to our water supplies,” Fabisiak said.

Below is a map with drop-off locations:

Or follow this link to drop-off locations.