Montrose, COLO.— On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Event. The goal of this event is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“This is an important service to offer to the community and another way we can help keep unused prescription drugs from potential abuse, as well as keeping them out of our landfills and water systems,” said MCSO Commander Cam Boldan. “We are committed to finding way to fight the overdose epidemic and saving lives, and this is one way we can do so.”

Bring your pills for disposal to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 1200 North Grand Avenue in Montrose. Liquids or needles or sharps will not be accepted–only pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, over 107,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose last year. This figure means that someone in the United States is dying of a drug overdose every five minutes.

In the spring Americans turned in 700,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. Since 2010, DEA, along with its law enforcement partners have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unneeded prescription medications.

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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 29th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA website or call the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 970-252-4023.

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