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Medication Take-Back Program at Valley-Wide Pharmacy

Valley-Wide Health Systems is pleased to announce  that the Valley-Wide Pharmacy, is now a registered drop-off location for the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program! There is now a drop-off receptacle located at the pharmacy for the collection of household medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Drop off your unwanted household medications for FREE at the Valley-Wide Pharmacy!

The Valley-Wide Pharmacy is conveniently located inside the Alamosa Family Medical Center clinic, directly across the street from Adams State University’s Nielsen Library.

Address:
1710 First St, Alamosa, CO 81101, USA
Open Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed For Lunch
12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Medication Take-Back Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partnership with the Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention developed the program in response to the increased need for safe disposal of prescription medications. The average American household has four pounds of medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. At the same time, teen abuse of prescription medications is on the rise. Research shows almost 38 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from their parents’ medicine cabinet. There are also 35 prescription drug related deaths per month in Colorado. For more statistics please visit http://takemedsseriously.org/the-problem/colorado-statistics/

Help us solve the problem!

You can help us solve this problem by dropping off your unwanted household medications for safe and secure disposal.

What can be disposed?

  • Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II– V).
  • Over-the-counter medications.
  • 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.)
  • Medication samples.
  • Medicated ointments.
  • Vitamins.
  • Pet medications.
  • Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. unused EpiPens® and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside).

What can’t be disposed?

  • Marijuana.
  • Illicit drugs (e.g. DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc).
  • Needles, syringes, and other sharps.
  • Chemotherapy drugs.
  • Medical tools and supplies.
  • Bloody or infectious waste.
  • Personal care products.
  • Thermometers.
  • Empty containers.
  • Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes.

Have Questions?

Our friendly pharmacy staff will be happy to answer your questions about this program when you drop by the Alamosa Family Medical Center clinic.