The 8th National Drug Take-Back Day is taking place in communities across the country on Saturday, April 26. The Highlands Ranch Metro District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Centennial Water and Sanitation District are hosting the local event. People can turn in potentially dangerous unused, expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The Highlands Ranch event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Dr. People won’t even have to get out of their car; an easy drive-through and drop-off lane will be set up so it is quick and you can be on your way to your weekend activities.
Items that will not be accepted include needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.
National Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The project aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
For more information about the Highlands Ranch drop-off location, visit www.highlandsranch.org or call 303-791-0430.