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..