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Posted on: March 1, 2018

Avon Police Department Establishes a Permanent Medication Take Back Drop Box

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Avon, Colo. - The Avon Police Department has established an official safe disposal site for unused or expired household medications. A permanent, secure drop box is now installed in the lobby of the new police department building at 60 Buck Creek Road and is available for use Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except during holidays.

The box has been supplied by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as part of the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program. The program helps residents of Colorado safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications, in addition to over-the-counter medications and vitamins. Safe disposal keeps medications like opioids, sedatives, and stimulants from being misused or abused and helps protect Colorado’s precious environment and wildlife. The disposal service is free and items may be deposited anonymously with no questions asked.

Did you know that the average American household possesses four pounds of unused, unwanted, and out-of-date medicines and prescription medications? The abundance of medication is not just opioid painkillers, tranquillizers and anti-depressants, but also cold medicines, vitamins, heart medicine, and even veterinary drugs.

Colorado is doing something proactive to help solve the problem. Communities all over the state are putting convenient drop boxes in law enforcement agencies and pharmacies to take back medications. For more information, contact Police Chief Greg Daly (970) 748-4040 or gdaly@avon.org.

We can accept:

  • Prescription drugs, including prescribed controlled substances (e.g. Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, Ritalin)
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription ointments
  • Prescription lotions
  • Prescription samples
  • Liquid medication in leak proof containers
  • Pet medication
  • Vitamins
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. expired Epi-Pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside)
  •  Unused inhaler canisters (must be unused, no empty canisters)

We cannot accept:

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Illicit drugs (e.g. heroin, LSD, etc)
  • Needles, syringes and other sharps
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Aerosols
  • Bio-hazard or infectious waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide or alcohol
  • Thermometers and other medical tools and supplies
  •  Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes

The Vail Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriff’s office have drop boxes at the Vail Municipal Building and at the Eagle County Justice Center.

If you have any questions, please call the Avon Police Department at (970) 748-4040 and visit the web site takemedsback.org.

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