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School collects hundreds of pounds of expired and unused medications during RX Disposal Day.


Photo of Drug Disposal Day activities

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted its annual Prescription Drug Disposal Day with the assistance of the DEA, campus police, University of Colorado Hospital, KEZW radio, 9NEWS and students, staff and faculty from the School.

More than 400 pounds of medications and sharps containers were collected at the Anschutz Medical Campus during the April 26 medication round up. Drugs collected included a variety of pet medications, over-the-counter medications and expired and unused prescriptions. When added to the collections from the School’s previous events (4 years), more than 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

The event is part of the National Take Back Initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which hosts the collection twice a year. Last October, the Denver Field Division, collected 25,484 pounds (12.7 tons) of  prescription drugs at 239 collection sites manned by 189 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies  in the division’s four states of Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. 

In addition to the biannual event, the School and campus have obtained a permanent prescription medication drop box, which is located at the Campus Police Building (407, near the Health and Wellness Center on the Northwest side of campus). For a flyer about the permanent drop box and a map of its location, click here.