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Pueblo County deputies collecting unused or expired prescription drugs

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- If you're looking to clean out your medicine cabinet, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is accepting old prescriptions this Saturday for the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Deputies say this is an opportunity for anyone who has unwanted prescription drugs in their home to dispose of them safely and anonymously.

The Sheriff's Office will be taking drop-offs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 24, at the following locations:

  • Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office West Sub-Station, 320 Joe Martinez Blvd.
  • Pueblo Rural Fire Station, 29912 U.S. Highway 50 E (between Wago Drive and 30th Lane)
  • Valley Health Mart Pharmacy, 4493 Bent Brothers Blvd. Colorado City

Deputies say many people who abuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of family and friends.

People often get rid of prescription pills by flushing them down the toilet. According to the Food and Drug Administration, this can sometimes lead to the contamination of water and harming the environment.

Disposing of prescription drugs in the trash is also not a safe option, deputies say. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says drugs collected by them on Drug Take-Back Day will be disposed of safely.

In past years, deputies say they've collected over a hundred pounds of prescription drugs from a wide variety of people.

October 24th is the only day the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office will be collecting and disposing of prescription drugs themselves.

They will not be accepting needles and sharps, mercury thermometers,
oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, or illicit drugs.

Local News / Pueblo

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.

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