5 tons of prescription narcotics forfeited

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Colorado and the Drug Enforcement Administration took back nearly five tons of prescription medication Sept. 25 as part of a statewide “penalty-free” collection event.

The event took place at 90 law enforcement agencies across the state.

“During my time at a take-back location in Colorado Springs, I watched as dozens of local residents came in to hand over their leftover prescription drugs,” said Attorney General John Suthers, who noted the state took back 9,257.8 pounds of medication. “The number of people that participated and the amount of drugs they turned over to local police left me convinced that we need to make these take-back events a regular occurrence.”

Suthers plans to work with the DEA and local law enforcement to make prescription drug take-back days regularly scheduled events in Colorado..

One Response to 5 tons of prescription narcotics forfeited

  1. In case you missed, the event, there will be another drug takeback in November!

    Prescription drug abuse is a problem in our country. The 2007 National Study of Drug Use and Health found that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that upwards of 9 million people use prescription medication for non-medical uses.

    The American Medicine Chest Challenge is a community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal – at a collection site or in the home – of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine that will be held on November 13, 2010 in communities across the country.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm