The City of Arvada joined the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) and community, public health and law enforcement partners to participate in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative. This program seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA collected
potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs
for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service was free and anonymous,
no questions asked.
The drive-thru Arvada drop-off location
will be behind Arvada City Hall located at 8101 Ralston Rd. from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25th.
This initiative addresses a vital public
safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines
that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion,
misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are
increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings
and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority
of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including
from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know
how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them
down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and
“By participating in the first-ever
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, we will reduce the risk of
accidental poisoning, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” said
Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Rocky Mountain
Division. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this program,
which will make our homes and communities a safer place to live.”
Arvada officials want to ensure our water
supply is kept safe through the drug giveback program.
Collection sites across Colorado can
be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated
with new take-back locations. Other Colorado participants in this
initiative include the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, the
Prescription Drug Abuse Program’s RxDrugsNotYoursNotSafe.org, the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Waste Management.