National Drug Take-Back Events

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Everyday at the Parker Police Department

In an effort to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, the Parker Police Department is now a permanent site for a Medication Collection Box. You can now drop off your unused or expired medications in the front lobby of the Parker Police Department.

The decision to add this service for Parker residents year-round was due to the many requests we had for this service and the large demand during National Prescription Drug Take Day. We are working in conjunction with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide this service. The state-funded program expanded with the goal to establish a permanent collection location in every Colorado County. The only cost to the Parker Police Department is the time of the employee(s) assisting with collection duties. The supplies, disposal contractors and collection box itself are at no cost to the department. Thank you CDPHE!

The Medication Collection Box is available to the public during normal business hours, Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sat-Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Items Not Accepted

  • Chemotherapy and radioactive substances
  • Illicit drugs
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Needles and sharps
  • Pressurized canisters

Other Drop-Off Locations

For a list of other area locations, see the Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Locations.

Disposing of Needles and Sharps

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends the following for ways to dispose of needles and sharps.

Syringes, pen needles and lancets are not recyclable and should never be placed in a recycle bin.

If a local program is not available, the next preferred option is to utilize a sharps mail back program where the service provider sends you a prepaid sharps collection container and return box. When you return the container, the contents are send to a medical waste treatment facility for processing and disposal.

If you can't afford to utilize a mail back service, you should place your used sharps in a strong plastic or metal container with a screw-on lid or lid that can be tightly secured. Do not use glass containers or used milk containers. Clearly label the container with the words Sharps or Biohazardous Waste. The securely sealed container can be placed in your trash. Do not put the container in with your recyclables.