CU helps dispose of unwanted drugs

6:39 AM, Jun 5, 2010   |    comments
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The drop-off will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday or until capacity is reached. The School of Pharmacy will have signs along Colfax Avenue near the Anschutz Medical Campus to direct traffic to the drop-off location.

The School of Pharmacy, with the help of police officers, plans to carefully dispose of the medicine. The school says this will keep medications from polluting the environment and keep them out of the wrong hands.

"I believe Colorado is one of 16 states where fatal overdoses exceed the number of fatal car accidents in a given year. It's very important that we keep unused, expired prescription and over the counter medication out of the wrong hands so that we don't have this potential for drug abuse and misuse," Dr. Sarah Anderson, from the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy, said.

People are encouraged to bring by any expired or unused medications. It's not just human medications that can be dropped off.

"Consumers can drop off any type of medication basically that you can think of: tablets, capsules, liquids, creams or ointments, patches, inhalers. They are invited to bring in pet medications, so if they have any animal medications at their homes, those are also allowed. And syringes are allowed as well as long as they don't contain any free liquid and they're housed in a sharps container or some sort of rigid plastic container," Anderson said.

Click here for a map of the Anschutz campus.

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