Oct 25, 2013 8:12 PM by Kirsten Boyd

REMINDER: Drug take-back events Saturday

Colorado Springs and Pueblo law enforcement have joined the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) efforts to help the nation dispose of old, unused prescription medications.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The day provides citizens with a free and anonymous way to rid themselves of these medications and has become a highly requested happening in our community. The event is important to local law enforcement agencies because when these items are turned in they can no longer be abused or stolen.

"The event reduces the likelihood that our senior population will be victimized by criminals attempting to get their hands on controlled substances." says Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor, who encourages everyone to go through cabinets, drawers, and medicine chests in their home and take old prescriptions to one of the drop off locations.

The DEA developed the program to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

Items which CANNOT be accepted are: Needles & Sharps, Mercury {thermometers}, Oxygen containers, Chemotherapy/Radioactive substances, Pressurized canisters or Illicit Drugs.

There are nine locations in Pueblo and Colorado Springs for drop off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

In Colorado Springs:

Police Operations Center
705 S. Nevada Ave.

Security Fire Station #1
400 Security Blvd.

El Paso County Department of Transportation
3275 Akers Dr.

Memorial Hospital North
4050 Briargate Pkwy.

In Pueblo:

Pueblo Police Plaza
200 S Main St

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Main Facility
909 Court St

Pueblo Rural Fire Station
29912 Highway 50 East

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Pueblo West Sub-station
320 E Joe Martinez Blvd

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Colorado City Sub-station
4497 Bent Brothers



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