Residents can dispose of unused and expired medication safely during Drug Take Back Day, hosted by the Durango Police Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Police Substation, 545 Wilson Gulch Drive, in Three Springs.
Participants are also encouraged to bring food donations for Manna, a soup kitchen. Useful items include canned goods, packaged meals and personal hygiene products.
The police department will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of participants and police department employees.
Participants should remain in vehicles and hand medications to employees. A face mask should be worn when pulling up to hand off medications.
Studies indicate most of the prescription drugs that are abused come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, so clearing out unused medicine is essential.
Tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs will be accepted during Drug Take Back Day. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted.
Durango Police Department collected 87 pounds of medications last October, up from just 12 pounds the previous year.
For more information, visit www.deatakeback.com or call (800) 882-9539.