Local Agencies Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back

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For Immediate Release



Local Agencies Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back

Saturday, September 25th drop off your unwanted prescription drugs.


ASPEN, CO - 09/17/2010 – The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police, City of Aspen and Pitkin County Environmental Health departments and the Aspen Police will be participating in the first-ever nationwide prescription drug take-back day. The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners are working together to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The DEA, through our local agencies, will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, September 25th from 10AM to 2PM local time.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


“There are many reasons why people need to properly dispose of their unwanted medicines, from accidental ingestion and misuse to the protection of our watershed,” said Jannette Whitcomb, Senior Environmental Health Program Coordinator for the City of Aspen. “The two biggest impacts from unwanted medicines in our waterways are hormone disruption in fish and other animals and the creation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics,” Whitcomb said.


A recent U.S. Geological Survey national study found that 80 percent of sampled watersheds contained at least one type of pharmaceutical chemical, with half of streams containing seven or more.  Many wastewater treatment plants are not capable of cleaning out the thousands of different medicines used.


Stop by the following locations to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs:

Aspen Fire Department at the North 40 Station

            Aspen Saturday Market at the corner S. Hunter and E. Hyman Avenues

            Basalt Police Department, 100 Elk Run Drive


Prescription Drug Take-Back locations are only able to accept solid tablets, capsules, and all other solid forms of medicine. Do not bring liquid medicine, injectables, or syringes as we cannot take them.


For questions, contact the Aspen Police Evidence Custodian Michele McClinton at (970) 920-5400, the city of Aspen’s Environmental Health Department Jannette Whitcomb at (970) 920-5039, the Basalt Police Department Chief Roderick O’Connor at (970) 927-4316, and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Ryan at (970) 920-5300.


Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010