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LIST: National Drug Takeback day happening Saturday across southern Colorado

Posted at 2:11 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 16:11:57-04

COLORADO – Local law enforcement wants to get the word out about the 14th National Take-Back Initiative.

The DEA is coordinating the nationwide effort which is focused on providing convenient locations for the public to drop off medications. The drug take-back event will happen Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

They will take excess, unused and expired substances.

Can be accepted:

  • Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II– V).
  • Over-the-counter medications.
  • Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers).
  • Medicated patches (Used Fentanyl and Duragesic® patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky-side together, and flushed down the toilet.)
  • Medication samples.
  • Medicated ointments.
  • Vitamins.
  • Pet medications.
  • Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. unused EpiPens® and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside).
  • Unused inhaler canisters, e.g. Advair®, Spiriva®, ProAir® and Ventolin® (must be unused, no empty canisters or unneeded plastic holders/mouth pieces).

Cannot be accepted:

  • Marijuana.
  • Illicit drugs (e.g. DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc).
  • Needles, syringes, and other sharps.
  • Chemotherapy drugs.
  • Medical tools and supplies.
  • Bloody or infectious waste.
  • Personal care products.
  • Thermometers.
  • Empty containers.
  • Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes.

Click here for resources from Colorado on what to do with items that cannot be accepted.



Find a location near you available for drop-offs on Saturday.

El Paso County

  • Colorado Springs Police Department Police Operations Center – 705 South Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
  • UCHealth Memorial Hospital North – 4050 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
  • Monument Police Department – 645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument
  • Security Fire Department, Station 1 – 400 Security Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

Douglas County

  • Castle Rock Police Department – 100 Perry St., Castle Rock
  • King Soopers Marketplace – 5544 Promenade Parkway, Castle Rock

Pueblo County

  • Pueblo Police Department parking lot – 200 S. Main Street
  • Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office – 320 E Joe Martinez Blvd Pueblo West, CO 81007
  • Pueblo King Soopers – 3050 W Northern Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005
  • Pueblo Rural Fire Department – 9912 US-50 BUS, Pueblo, CO 81006
  • Beulah Fire Station – 8675 Central Ave, Beulah, CO 81023
  • Valley Health Mart Pharmacy – 4493 Bent Brothers Blvd, Colorado City, CO 81019

Teller County

  • Teller County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility – 320 Weaverville Rd., Divide

Fremont County

  • Florence Police Department – 600 W 3rd St, Florence, CO 81226
  • Cañon City Police Department – 161 Justice Center Rd, Cañon City, CO 81212
  • Fremont County Sheriff’s Office – 201 N 6th St, Cañon City, CO 81212

The state has an extensive network of locations available for drug take-back throughout the year. Click here for an interactive map of locations.