Longmont’s Annual RX Drop-off Event Diverts Pounds of Drugs from the Water System
A total of 15,687 pounds of discarded medications has been diverted from potentially entering the environment since 2007, thanks to the Annual Rx Drop-Off Event at Longmont United Hospital.
Officials note that drugs simply tossed down the drain can pass directly into St. Vrain Creek without treatment.
This year’s event aimed at avoiding that problem will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in the main lobby of Longmont United Hospital at 1950 Mountain View Ave.
Pills, capsules, liquids, inhalers and patches are welcomed. Needles, thermometers, controlled substances, medical equipment, personal care products, household hazardous wastes or business wastes are not accepted.
For those unable to make it to the drop off event on Saturday, Longmont Public Safety and The Colorado Take Back Project will properly dispose of expired medications or other medical waste year round. Locations for their drop boxes can be found at longmontcolorado.gov/department/departments-e-menvironment/water-quality/rx-disposal .
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