The Colorado Springs Police Department has announced that it will be participating, along with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency, in the National Drug Take Back program on October 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM. On that day, citizens may bring their unwanted or expired prescription drugs to a number of locations around the city for safe and proper disposal.
According to a report from drugs.com, the mission of the DEA's Drug Take Back program is to reduce the number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs. A 2012 national survey indicated that as many as 6.8 million Americans -- 2.6 percent of the country's population -- are abusing prescription drugs. A government report indicates that 70 percent of those who abuse prescription drugs first get them from a friend or relative or take someone else's medication without asking. Approximately 15,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. each year are due to prescription pain medications.
This is the seventh Drug Take Back event held nationally. Past events have netted a total of nearly 2.8 million pounds of unwanted and expired drugs.
Residents wanting to participate in the event can take their prescription drugs to the following Colorado Springs locations: Colorado Springs Police Department Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.; Memorial Hospital North, 4050 Briargate Parkway; El Paso County Department of Transportation, 3275 Akers Dr.; Security Fire Department, 400 Security Blvd.