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Prescription Drug Disposal Day

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It's time to clean out your medicine cabinets.

Do you have unused, expired or outdated medications in your medicine cabinet? Here’s your chance to get rid of them in a responsible way.

As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Eighth National Take Back Initiative (NTBI), hosted in thousands of communities throughout the country, the University of Colorado Denver Police Department and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will collect unused and expired medications on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Anschutz Medical Campus (I-225 and Colfax in Aurora). Once collected, the DEA transports and incinerates the drugs.

Last year, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies who hosted the NTBI, the School helped to collect more than 1400 lbs of unused and expired medications at four locations including the Anschutz Medical Campus, Loveland, Buena Vista and Salida.

Bring any unused or expired medications including liquids, pills, capsules, medicated ointments, lotions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and pet medications to the collection area at 13001 E. 17th Place (building 500/Fitzsimons Army Hospital) on the Anschutz Medical Campus at I-225 and Colfax Avenue. 

The following items cannot be accepted:  needles & sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

In addition to disposing of your unused medications, pharmacists and pharmacy students will be available to answer questions about the medications you are currently taking and will assist you to complete the School’s medication tracking card. The event is supported by the DEA, the University of Colorado Denver Police Department, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Colorado Hospital, 9NEWS, KEZW Radio, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

For more information about this event, call 303.724.4618, or to learn about additional drop off locations, visit   For information on drug disposal options throughout the year, contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-2903 at