Safely get rid of your unused or expired medications on Saturday, October 26 in Greeley.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can drop off any unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medications at any of these three locations: the Greeley Police Headquarters, the University Center, or the Sam's Club parking lot.

Needles, mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy items, pressurized canisters, or illegal drugs will not be accepted.

According to a news release from the City of Greeley, the majority of abused drugs come from friends, family, or the home medicine cabinet.

In 2017, over 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. 68% of those deaths were caused by prescription or illicit opioids.

Drugs that are thrown away or flushed down the toilet cause health and environmental hazards, including damage to the water systems.

That is why it is important to safely dispose of drugs through Drug Take-Back Day, which will also offer paper shredding at the Sam's Club location.

If you are unable to make it that day, the Weld County Household Hazardous Waste is open on Saturdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information about Drug Take-Back Day can be found on the City of Greeley's website or by contacting the Greeley Police Neighborhood Action Team officer Arpad Bality at 970-351-5361.

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