CU Anschutz participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back Initiative on Sept. 26. 2015. Drug Take-Back Day is meant to raise awareness about the safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, as well as educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is CU Anschutz sixth year participating.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a serious problem in Colorado,” said Robert J. Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP, a professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Knowing that up to 200 million pounds of filled prescriptions went unused in 2013, the question is where is it going? Is it going down the drain? Or being used by friends or family members to whom it wasn’t prescribed? Both are dangerous options which we want people to avoid. Clearly, we need to do a significant amount of public awareness and provider education on safe use, safe storage and safe disposal as a starting point.”

Gov. Hickenlooper dropping off prescription medications as part of national drug disposal initiative at CU Anschutz Police Department.
Gov. Hickenlooper dropping off prescription medications as part of national drug disposal initiative at CU Anschutz Police Department.

Pharmacists and pharmacy students will be available during the take back day to answer questions about the medications you are currently taking and will help you to complete the Skaggs School’s medication tracking card, which you can share with your health care providers.

The event is supported by the DEA, the University of Colorado Anschutz Police Department, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gov. John Hickenlooper, the State Attorney General, and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.

To learn about drop off locations, visit www.takemedsseriously.org or www.dea.gov, or call 800-882-9539 for the location nearest you. The University Police Department will have a permanent drop off box in its lobby in Bldg.407 available 24/7. The following items cannot be accepted: needles & sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

About University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Since its inception in 1911, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has experienced numerous milestones and is ranked in the top 20 percent of all schools of pharmacy in the country, and fourth in the nation for total NIH funding. Committed to pharmaceutical education, research and patient care, the School educates students in the properties of medicinal agents, the biology of disease, the actions of drugs, and best practices for clinical and therapeutic uses of drugs.  Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado is the only completely new education, research and patient care facility in the nation today.

About University of Colorado Anschutz: The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus combines state-of-the-art teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals and help fuel its economy. CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in the state, with schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.