The Golden Police Department offers an official, safe disposal site for unused or expired household medication in Golden City Hall, 911 10th Street.
The drop box was provided through the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
Both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as vitamins, can be disposed of in the drop box. The average American household has four pounds of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. The abundance of medication creates opportunities for misuse and abuse, which can have serious, even deadly results. This is the safest option for disposing of unused medications. If you flush them or dump them down the drain, they can enter the environment, contaminate drinking water, and affect people and wildlife.
Can be accepted:
Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II– V)
Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers)
Medicated patches (Used Fentanyl and Duragesic® patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky-side together, and flushed down the toilet.)
Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. unused EpiPens® and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside)
Unused inhaler canisters, e.g. Advair®, Spiriva®, ProAir® and Ventolin® (must be unused, no empty canisters or unneeded plastic holders/mouth pieces)
Cannot be accepted:
Illicit drugs (e.g. DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc)
Needles, syringes, and other sharps
Medical tools and supplies
Bloody or infectious waste
Personal care products
Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes