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Posted on: September 17, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Brighton residents encouraged to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

The Brighton Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Anyone with unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs is encouraged to bring them to the Brighton Police Department for proper disposal. Items which cannot be accepted include: needles and sharps, thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

This past April, Americans turned in 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners set. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,123 tons—of pills.

For more information on Brighton’s participation, please contact Brighton Officer Keith Soustek at 303-655-2300 x8745 or ksoustek@brightonco.gov. To learn more about National Prescription Take Back Day, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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