Silt police join DEA in collecting unused drugs |

Silt police join DEA in collecting unused drugs

Ryan Slabaugh
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado – Increased traces of prescription drugs in the water supply and concerns over kids finding abandoned supplies are pushing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Silt Police Department to bring a “Take-Back” initiative to Silt.

The DEA, as part of a national campaign, will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at Silt Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“We have not done an organized one like this before,” said Silt Police Chief Levy Burris. “But we’ve seen success with programs like this. We’re seeing more and more of these, with teenage kids [raiding drug cabinets] to resell at schools and just use themselves illegally. And a lot of people dispose of their narcotics down the toilet … and it gets into the water supply system.”

Glenwood has similar programs as well, which are done with more local agencies, Chief Burris said.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Collection sites across Colorado can be found by going to

This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. Other Colorado participants in this initiative include the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, the Prescription Drug Abuse Program’s, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Waste Management.

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