Twice a year, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and CU Anschutz participates in the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) National Take Back Initiative where thousands of pounds of medications are disposed of and destroyed. Drug Take-Back
Day is meant to raise awareness about the safe, convenient, and responsible way
to dispose of prescription drugs, as well as educate the general public about
the potential for abuse of medications. This is CU Anschutz's seventh year
“Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a serious problem in
Colorado,” said Robert
J. Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP, a professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Knowing that up to 200 million
pounds of filled prescriptions went unused in 2013, the question is where is it
going? Is it going down the drain? Or being used by friends or family members
to whom it wasn’t prescribed? Both are dangerous options which we want people
to avoid. Clearly, we need to do a significant
amount of public awareness and provider education on safe use, safe storage and
safe disposal as a starting point.”
The events, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Anschutz Police
Department are held at the the Anschutz Medical Campus (I-225 and
Colfax in Aurora). Once collected, the DEA transports and disposes of the
drugs. In addition to the annual take back event, the University Police Department has a permanent drop box in its lobby in Bldg. 407 on the Anschutz Medical Campus, which is available 24/7.
Pharmacists and pharmacy students assist during the take back by answering questions about the medications
you are currently taking and distribute the Skaggs School’s
medication tracking card, which can be shared with a patient's health care providers.
The event is supported by the DEA, the
University of Colorado Anschutz Police Department, Skaggs School of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Hospital, the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment, Gov. John Hickenlooper, the State Attorney General, and the
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.
To learn about additional drop off
locations, visit the Take Meds Seriously website or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or call 800-882-9539
for the location nearest you. The following items
cannot be accepted: needles & sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen
containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and
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