Dispose of Unused Prescription Medications This Saturday

Published on April 19, 2023

Denver – Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – The Denver Police Department (DPD) encourages residents to check their medicine cabinets for unwanted/unused medications and to drop them off at one of the nine participating Denver Police locations for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. recorded 100,133 overdose-related deaths during the 12-month period ending April 2021. Overall, there were 453 fatal drug overdose deaths in Denver in 2022, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, a Division of Public Health and Environment. Another study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets, which is why the Denver Police Department is offering the following locations for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted medications.

Denver Police drop off locations:

  • District 1 - 1311 West 46th Avenue
  • District 2 - 3921 North Holly Street
  • District 3 - 1625 South University Boulevard
  • District 4 - 2100 South Clay Street
  • District 5 - 4685 North Peoria Street
  • District 6 - 1566 North Washington Street

NOTE: DPD’s Administration Building at 1331 Cherokee St. is not a drop off location

Additional locations include Denver King Soopers stores at:

  • 2810 North Quebec Street
  • 10406 East MLK Jr. Boulevard
  • 18605 East Green Valley Ranch Boulevard

Please note that these sites cannot accept liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs.

During the last Drug Take-Back event in October of 2022, Denver Police collected 730 pounds of unwanted medicines.

For additional information on the program or other drop off locations, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html