You just cleaned up your medicine cabinet, and now you're left with a new problem. What to do with the unused or expired medication? You might be inclined to flush the pills down the toilet or toss it in the trash. But there is a better way to deal with it. Did you know that there are a few local options for safe and environmentally friendly disposal?
The following locations accept medications year-round at no cost:
Genoa Pharmacy in North Range Behavioral Health
1300 N. 17th Avenue
Monfort Family Clinic
2930 11th Avenue
Summit View Pharmacy
2001 70th Avenue #104
UC Health Greeley Hospital Pharmacy
6767 W. 29th Street
1013 11th Street
National Drug-Take-Back Day occurs twice per year in April and October. The next event is scheduled for April 25, 2020. Several locations are set up around Greeley and Evans, including a location at the Greeley Police Department.
We can stop unused medications from getting into our water resources and reduce misuse by providing collection at secure, convenient sites and then properly disposing of the drugs as hazardous waste.
Flushing unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications pollutes our water and unintentionally exposes people, fish, and other wildlife to the chemicals in these medications. Many wastewater treatment plants are not currently equipped to remove these chemicals from wastewater that is eventually discharged into nearby waterways.