Dispose of illegal painkillers without penalty on Saturday

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Local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration officials have designated Saturday as a penalty-free day to turn in prescription painkillers.

More than 90 drop-off sites have been established across the state. Locations range from Craig to La Junta and Yuma to Cortez and cover every major city and metropolitan area in the state.

In Colorado Springs, prescription drugs can be disposed of at the Colorado Springs Police Department, 705 S. Nevada Ave. or at the Stetson Hills substation at 4110 Tutt Blvd.

According to statistics from the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and other state agencies, Coloradans ages 24 and younger comprised 20 percent of all admissions to Colorado drug treatment facilities to treat addictions to opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

“Prescription drug abuse is one of Colorado’s fastest growing problems,” said state Attorney General John Suthers. “Although prescription medication provides relief to tens of thousands of Coloradans every day, these drugs are often hard to properly dispose of and readily available to youth and others to abuse. Take-back programs, such as these, will help local and federal law enforcement take a significant amount of the supply of potent and dangerous controlled substances off our streets.”