Wheat Ridge Police and Lutheran Medical Center Partner again for Drug Take Back Day
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Wheat Ridge Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Pills and patches can be dropped off for disposal at Lutheran Medical Center’s main entrance at 8300 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. (The DEA cannot accept needles and sharps, Mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, illicit drugs including Marijuana, chemotherapy/radioactive substances) The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Last April, Wheat Ridge Police collected 173 lbs. of prescription drugs adding to the national total of 474.5 tons that were collected from nearly 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the fall Drug Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.