Scientists worldwide are studying the impact of pharmaceuticals on drinking water globally.
On Saturday October 26, Denver Water is helping promote an event to keep water clean and safe. Denver residents, along with other Americans, will have a place to dispose of their unwanted, unused and expired prescription drug as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
On Friday, 21 collection sites were listed. They included seven police stations in Denver, two in Aurora, as well as stations in Glendale, Edgewater, Thornton, Sheridan, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Lakewood, Northglenn, Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village. Another site will be on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado at Denver, at the south side of Building 500 on Fitzsimons in Aurora.
The drop-off sites will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In a related matter, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is hosting the Colorado Medication Take-Back Pilot Project. It involves a network of secured boxes for the collection of unused and unwanted household medications. The boxes may be found at City Markets in Dillon and Breckenridge and six King Soopers in Stapleton, Aurora, Wheat Ridge, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and Evergreen. Another location is the Wellington Webb Center for Primary Care, 301 W. 6th Ave. Boxes may also be found at Tri-County Health Department offices in Englewood and Commerce City.
During the last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, in April, the DEA collected 50 percent more pills than during the event in October 2012. Americans turned in 742,497 pounds, or 371 tons, of drugs. That event involved 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies that joined with the DEA on the event.
The DEA estimates that more than 2.8 million pounds, or 1,409 tons, of prescription medications have been taken out of circulation during the previous six Drug Take-Back Days.