Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Medications This Saturday

Published on October 21, 2021

Denver – Thursday, October 21, 2021 – The Denver Police Department (DPD) encourages residents to check their medicine cabinets for unwanted/unused medications and to drop them off at one of the nine participating Denver Police locations for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally-safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. recorded 95,133 overdose related death during the 12-month period ending February 2021. Another study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinets, which is why the Denver Police Department is offering the following locations for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted prescriptions.

Denver Police drop off locations (DPD’s Administration Building is not a drop off location):

  • District 1 - 1311 West 46th Avenue
  • District 2 - 3921 Holly Street
  • District 3 - 1625 South University Boulevard
  • District 4 - 2100 South Clay Street
  • District 5 - 4685 Peoria Street
  • District 6 - 1566 Washington Street

Additional locations include Denver King Soopers at:

  • 2810 North Quebec Street
  • 10406 East MLK Jr. Boulevard
  • 18605 East Green Valley Ranch Boulevard

Please note that these sites cannot accept liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs. The DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations – as long as lithium batteries have been removed.

During the Last Drug Take-Back event in April 2021, Denver Police collected more than 1,450 pounds of unwanted medicines.

For additional information on the program or other drop off locations, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html