Colorado State Patrol trooper Matt Normandin, left, and Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay stand next to a deposit box during last year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This year’s drug take back event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way, between Village Inn and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Police encourage residents to bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.

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Colorado State Patrol trooper Matt Normandin, left, and Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay stand next to a deposit box during last year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This year’s drug take back event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way, between Village Inn and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Police encourage residents to bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.

Drug Take Back Day slated for Saturday in Craig

Drug Take Back Day:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way, between Village Inn and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Police encourage residents to bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.

For the third consecutive year, the Craig Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the department announced Monday in a news release.

Department personnel will host a collection station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way, between Village Inn and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Police encourage residents to bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal, according to the release.

Law enforcement officials across the state hope to emulate the success of the 2010 and 2011 events, when Colorado residents turned in a combined total of more than 35,000 pounds of unused medication, according to the release.

The department will not collect needles, syringes, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized containers or illicit drugs, according to the release.

Police hope this year’s event helps curb prescription drug use and abuse by local teenagers.

“Many teens feel that prescription drugs are ‘safer to use’ than street drugs since they are prescribed by physicians,” police stated in the release. “They also indicate that they are easier to obtain from friends and family medicine cabinets.”

This perception hides a frightening reality, according to the release.

“One significant statistic from 2010, in Colorado, is that twice as many people died from prescription drug abuse than from drunk-driving related crashes,” police stated in the release.

For more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the local collection event, call Craig Police Sgt. John Forgay at 826-2366.

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