The Glenwood Springs Police Department and students from the Glenwood Springs High School have teamed up and are announcing a new program that can lead to a safer community and cleaner waterways and drinking water. On April 22nd, 2010, Earth Day, the Police Department unveiled a new metal container, located just outside the front doors of the PD, where citizens can dispose of unused and expired prescription medication. P2D2 stands for Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal.
Here is how the program works: Citizens can bring in their expired or unused prescription medications and dispose of them in the metal container. All the items in the container are then collected and properly destroyed. Citizens who bring in their medications can do so anonymously without any contact with law enforcement officials.
So why is the program important? Discarded medication is getting past our local waste water treatment plants and getting into our drinking water supplies. In 2002, scientists with the US Geological Survey conducted a study of over 130 rivers, streams and other waterways in the U. S. and found the following pharmaceuticals in over 80% of those tested: Antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.
The City of Glenwood Springs is the first municipality in Colorado to launch a drug disposal program where all controlled and non-controlled substances can be accepted at a 24-hour, anonymous drop location.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department would like to ask those planning on disposing of medications in the collection box only place pill forms of medication in the box, no liquids please!
For more information on the national program, please visit www.p2d2program.org.