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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 26, 2019

On Sat., Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

As of early Oct., local drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot, Fort Collins
  • Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St., Loveland
  • Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St., Windsor
  • Family Dollar Parking Lot in Wellington (Larimer County Sheriff's Office staff), 8099 6th St., Wellington

    The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including medications for your pets. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-419-3273.
    Community Invited to Share Views on Health Care (Oct. 2019)

    The Health District of Northern Larimer County is hosting public discussion groups to gather input on local health issues. Your feedback will help the Health District to better understand the health, and health-care needs, of local residents.

    Dates and locations:
  • Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive (with Spanish interpretation). Dinner and childcare provided.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive. Dinner and childcare provided.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. (This group is to get input from older adults.) Lunch provided.

    All registered participants will receive a $20 gift card. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Register by contacting the Health District at 970-224-5209.

    The discussion groups are part of the Community Health Assessment, which the Health District has performed every three years since 1995. The assessment also includes a survey of Larimer County households that is currently underway. Information gathered during the Community Health Assessment helps guide the planning and design of programs and services at the Health District.

    If you would like more information about the Community Health Assessment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209 or visit www.healthdistrict.org/community-health-assessment.

    The Health District is a public agency that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, and preventive health care, end-of-life planning services, and connects people to more affordable health insurance and prescription options.
    Health District Offers Free Cholesterol Tests in Sept. (2019)

    To help northern Colorado residents keep track of their cholesterol, the Health District regularly offers cholesterol testing at locations across Fort Collins and northern Larimer County. During National Cholesterol Education Month in Sept., the Health District will offer free cholesterol tests for people who are Health District residents (Fort Collins, Wellington, Laporte, and northern Larimer County).

    A fingerstick test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 25-minute appointment, a registered nurse runs the cholesterol test and also checks blood pressure and provides health education materials. The test itself takes about 5 minutes, and the RN will explain your results, assess risk for diabetes and heart attack, and provide follow-up recommendations.

    During Sept., cholesterol tests are free for Health District residents. Those who live outside of the Health District pay only $15. An 8-hour fast is recommended, and water and medications are permitted. For more information about testing times and locations, go to the Health District website. To schedule an appointment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209.
    Rabies in Larimer County (Sept. 2019)

    As of early Sept., the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 40 skunks, 10 bats, one cat, one camelid (llama), and one cow have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been in Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Bellvue, Livermore, Laporte, and near the Wyoming border. The bats have been in Berthoud and Fort Collins. The cat was found just east of CSU, the camelid was near Livermore, and the cow was in north Fort Collins on Shields St. near Douglas Road.

    Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in skunks and bats. If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

    Pet owners are reminded to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

    Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
    Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 30 (2019)

    On August 30, join us at Civic Center Park from 4:00 to 8:00pm as we recognize International Overdose Awareness Day in Fort Collins. We will be remembering those we have lost to overdose and fighting for those still impacted. The event will feature overdose awareness and naloxone training, information on local resources, live music, food, and more!

    For more information, contact mjorgensen@healthdistrict.org.

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