Preventing prescription drug misuse
The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States and is the second-leading cause of injury and death among 25- to 64-year-olds.
Drop off your unwanted medications
You can dispose of your prescription drugs safely at these locations:
- Find a disposal location near you.
- Permanent drop box locations at local law enforcement agencies around the state.
- Medication Take-Back Program collection boxes, most of which are in metro Denver. This list may change as collection boxes are added or removed.
How you can get involved
- The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention was created in 2013 to establish a coordinated, statewide response to this major public health problem.
- Its mission to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal and treatment.
- The goal of these efforts is to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from misusing opioids by 2016.
- To get involved, fill out the interest form.
Planning for the future
- According to data released in 2013 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Colorado ranks second-worst among all states for prescription drug misuse.
- More than 255,000 Coloradans misuse prescription drugs, and deaths involving the use of opioids nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2011.
- To combat this growing problem, the National Governors Association hosted a year-long Policy Academy to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse and created the comprehensive Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.
- Injury in Colorado Report, 2013.
- Health Watch: Unintentional Poisoning Deaths in Colorado, 2000-2010.
- Health Watch: Unused Medication Disposal in Colorado.
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA).