On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Littleton Police Department (LPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring medicines for disposal to the Littleton Center front parking lot at 2255 W. Berry Avenue in Littleton. LPD can only accept pills or patches; no liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
To keep everyone safe, the collection site will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.
Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way the Littleton Police Department is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.
The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. For more information about the event, call the LPD at 303-795-3881 or visit the DEA's Drug Take Back site.