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October 20, 2021

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drop off your unwanted prescription medication on October 23

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County residents can drop off unwanted prescription medication at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) drug collection events on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Items accepted at this collection include:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Small amounts of liquid medication
  • Vaping devices and cartridges. The DEA, however, cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

Items not accepted at this collection include:

  • Needles or other sharps
  • Inhalers
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Iodine-containing medications
  • Illicit drugs or substances (including marijuana which is still a schedule 1 drug under federal law)

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the following drop off locations:

  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at: 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder
  • Lyons Substation, located at: 432 Fifth Avenue, Lyons
  • Superior Substation, located at: 405 Center Drive, Unit F, Superior

For more information about safely disposing unwanted medication in Boulder County, including what to do with liquid medication and syringes, visit: Additional safe disposal locations are available throughout Boulder County and regularly accept unused and unwanted prescription drugs.