Published: April 27, 2017

Prescription take-back box in the Police and Parking Services building

Permanent prescription take-back box located in the lobby of the Police and Parking Services building

This Saturday, April 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is holding a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue: Medicines stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Additionally, Americans should be advised their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last year, the CU Boulder Police Department (CUPD) had a permanent prescription take-back box installed in the lobby of the Police and Parking Services building, which is located at 1050 Regent Dr.

Campus community members can dispose of unwanted prescription medications in this box at any time. CUPD is able to accept over-the-counter and prescription medications with the following exceptions:

  • No needles or sharps,
  • No mercury (thermometers),
  • No oxygen cylinders or pressurized canisters,
  • No chemotherapy or radioactive substances, and
  • No illicit drugs.