Boulder sheriff won’t accept any more unwanted prescription drugs

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The U.S. government considers OxyContin, a prescription drug, to have a “high potential for abuse.”

Boulder County is not accepting any more prescription drugs for disposal, reports the Daily Camera. The sheriff's office collected 389 pounds of unwanted drugs in 2013 for disposal so that citizens wouldn't hurt the environment getting rid of them.

The White House has identified prescription drug disposal programs to be one way to reduce the abuse of these powerful medications. But the Drug Enforcement Administration stopped collecting and disposing of the drugs by October 2014, forcing Boulder County to stop accepting donations.

Sheriff Joe Pelle told the paper that the office received two to three cubic feet of donations some days. He expressed interest in continuing the program:

"We'd love to put the box back in the lobby if we have a funding source," Pelle said. "Hopefully somebody will come up with a solution."