Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said the town’s Prescription Drug Take Back Days have been a success in the past, and he’s hoping that more people take advantage of disposing their medications in a safe manner.
The Windsor Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, giving area residents an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription medications that have accumulated in their homes through the years.
Michaels said a police officer will be in the police department lobby next to a big box to put the prescription drugs in.
“This is the sixth time we’ve done it,” Michaels said. “We have been part of this since the very beginning. I’m glad we have been because we have taken out of the town of Windsor alone hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs that have been disposed of properly. You get these scrips and sometimes you don’t take them and now you have them sitting in your medicine cabinet. Now what do you do with them? So here is an opportunity. Every six months we run this program. You don’t have to be a Windsor resident to drop this off. If you come out of a community that doesn’t have one of these going on, please come to our community and we’ll dispose of the prescriptions.”
Working in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, residents will be able to drop off any unneeded or expired medicines at the Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St., Windsor. The goal is to get the substances out of the home and prevent abuse, overdoses or accidental poisonings.
Items police cannot accept include needles, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized cannisters or illicit drugs. For more information on the program, go to www.dea.gov.
Michaels said six months ago Windsor police collected about 100 pounds of prescription drugs, and the time before that about 140 pounds. He said anywhere from 100 pounds to 160 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and disposed of properly each time.
“This has been tremendously successful nationwide with hundreds of thousands of pounds that’s been taken in,” Michaels said. “We’re always encouraging other (police) departments to do it, too,” Michaels said. “There’s a handful in Weld County. The more departments joining in on this effort, the better.”
For additional information, contact Michaels or the police department at (970) 686-7433.