Prescription drug take back scheduled for Saturday

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Local law enforcement officials will hold a prescription drug take back event Saturday, said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

“Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing problems facing Colorado today,” Suthers said. “This take-back effort and partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement across the state will help keep these potent drugs off the streets and out of the hands of youth and others to abuse.”

Law enforcement agencies have collected thousands of pounds of prescription drugs across Colorado during previous statewide take-back efforts in October 2010 and April 2011.

Consumers should not simply throw away or flush controlled substances. Often the chemicals contained in these drugs can harm wildlife or the environment. Drugs left in trash bins or by the curb also can be stolen and abused. Federal law requires that controlled substances be accepted by a certified peace officer. Controlled substances, unlike antibiotics and non-controlled prescription medications, cannot be taken back by pharmacies or doctors’ offices.

In Colorado Springs, drop off unused drugs at the following locations: the Colorado Springs Police Department’s operation center at 705 S. Nevada Ave.; the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs department of public safety building, first floor of the parking garage at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; El Paso County Department of Transportation at 3255 Akers Drive and Security Fire Station, 1400 Security Blvd.