Colorado Medication Take-Back Program

The Colorado Medication Take-Back Program is a network of secure boxes for collecting unused and unwanted household medications.
This program is for unused household medications only. Medication wastes generated by health care facilities including doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, veterinary clinics, long-term care facilities and any other businesses are prohibited.
We can’t accept prescribed narcotics or other controlled substances, such as Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall or their generic equivalents. We also can’t accept sharps or needles. However, the event listed below will provide an opportunity for disposal of these prescribed narcotics or other controlled substances.
See frequently requested information for instructions on proper disposal of prohibited items.
April 30: Drug Enforcement Administration National Medication Take-Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding another National Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Protect the environment while protecting your family from harm by removing unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from your home. Narcotics and other prescribed controlled substances will be accepted. To find a location near you, visit the DEA Diversion location finder
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting applications from law enforcement agencies for reimbursement of costs for transportation and disposal of collected household medications. The program will assist agencies lacking sufficient space to securely store medications until the DEA’s Spring 2016 National Take-Back Initiative event. The department will only reimburse expenses that were incurred after an application has received final approval. 

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