Save the Date for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!

Residents are urged to take part in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It’s for residents to dispose of unused or expired medications.

The following items cannot be accepted: needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Disposing of old medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. When drugs are flushed down the toilet, they are introduced into the water system. Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility meets and often exceeds EPA, State, and local requirements. Due to greater analytical sensitivity, very tiny amounts of compounds and drugs can be detected in conventional treatment plant outflow and end up in creeks, streams, and rivers. While there is no evidence these traces pose a risk to human health, scientists can sometimes find interference with aquatic organisms, and the issue continues to be studied.

Other hazardous waste such as batteries, solvents, paints, pesticides and similar materials can be dropped off at the Weld County Household Hazardous Waste Site at 1311 N. 17th Avenue. The site is open every Tuesday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.