New! Medication Take-Back Station
Located on the First Floor in the Physician Clinic Waiting Room. Take back hours are:
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Please use your medications safely:
- Use medications only as directed
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
- Only take medications prescribed to you
- Don’t share with others!
Learn how to store your medications safely:
- Monitor your medications
- The medicine cabinet may be the worst place to keep them
- Lock-up them up!
- Ask visitors to keep their medications out of site or provide them a locked storage location
- Ask relatives to secure their medications before your children visit them
- Teens say prescription drugs are easier to get than beer
- Generally, Colorado teens believe prescription drugs are safer to use than street drugs because they are prescribed by a doctor
- Pain medications rank third among substances causing fatal poisonings of children under 6 years old
- Nearly 50% of all pet poisonings involve human drugs
The far reaching impact of unused drugs:
- 40% of medications dispensed outside of hospitals may be wasted. Reasons drugs go unused:
- Undesirable side effects
- Change in treatment
- Symptoms Improve
- Patient death
- Unused drugs spend too much time in the home
- 50% – 1-5 years
- 25% – 1-12 months
- 19% – 5-10 years
- 5% – less than 10 years
- Unused drugs in the home contribute to opioid abuse.
- 55% obtained free drugs from a friend or relative
- 3% were prescribed by one doctor
- 4% bought from a friend or relative
- 8% took from friend or relative without asking
- 4% got from a drug dealer or stranger
How do you dispose of medication properly?
- Bring unused medication to the Take-Back Station at Estes Park Health, 555 Prospect Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, 1st floor near Physician Clinic waiting room.
- If you have no other choice to dispose of medication:
- Remove medication from packaging and destroy labels to protect privacy.
- Mix medicine with something that can’t be eaten – kitty litter or coffee grounds – to prevent accidental or intentional misuse of medication by another person or animal.
- Wrap mixture in another material – newspaper or paper bag – or place medicine mixture in a sealable container – can, jar, plastic bag.
- Throw into the trash on trash day, don’t let medication sit in your trash unsupervised.
- Do not do the following with your unused medication:
- Flush them down the toilet – this takes medication into water supplies and treatment plants are not designed to remove medications.
- Put them in the trash, without following the steps above. Animals and people can be poisoned.
The following items can be accepted in the Take-Back Station:
- Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II-V)
- Over-the-counter medications
- Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers)
- Medication patches (Used Fentanyl and Duragesic patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky side together and flushed down the toilet.)
- Medication samples
- Medicated ointments
- Pet medications
- Unused drug injection cartridges – unused EpiPens and insulin pens. (Must be unused with needle still protected inside.)
- Unused inhaler canisters – Advair, Spiriva, ProAir, Ventolin. (Must be unused, empty canisters or unneeded plastic holders/mouth pieces.)
These items CANNOT be accepted in the Take-Back Station:
- Illicit drugs (DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc.)
- Needles, syringes and other sharps. Sharps must be taken to the Emergency Department.
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Medical tools and supplies
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Personal care products
- Empty containers
- Medication waste generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes
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