AURORA, Colo. - Despite an 11 percent increase of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) prescription drug collection sites in Colorado for this year's Rx Disposal Day
'Take Back' Initiative, the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
drop-off site on the Anschutz Medical Campus was again one of the state’s top locations for unwanted medications.
With five boxes filled to the brim early April 27, 15 minutes before
the official start of National Take Back Initiative, CU Campus police, students and volunteers knew that the event was going to be another one for the record books.
Volunteers including pharmacy students, faculty and staff were on hand just outside of Building 500 to accept items from folks driving by, and they were available to answer some questions.
By the end of the day, the team from the school – with the help of KEZW radio and advertising on 9NEWS’ website – collected 786 pounds of unused and expired medications. Looking at the history of the event, the Anschutz Medical Campus site has collected an average of 725 pounds of medicines.
Again this year, pharmacy students assisted with two rural Colorado collection sites -- one in Salida and the second in Buena Vista. At those two locations, the total amounts also increased in this second year for a total of 167 pounds -- more than doubling last year's tally.
For information on drug disposal options throughout the year, contact the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-2903 at www.CDPHE.gov