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Arvada Police Department and Northey Foundation Drug Take Back

The 2nd Annual Northey Foundation Drug Take Back will occur on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Arvada Police Department headquarters, located at 8101 Ralston Rd. in Arvada.

This is free event, however, donations will be accepted and will benefit the Foundation which provides scholarships to Arvada high school students seeking a higher education degree and helps families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Because of the generous underwriting of Custom Environmental Services and Sooper Credit Union, all donations will directly benefit the Foundation. You do not have to be an Arvada resident to participate.

When over-the-counter or prescription medications are expired or no longer needed, they should be removed from the home. Many people believe that the best way to dispose of unused or expired medications is to flush them down the toilet. However, this pollutes our waterways and adversely affects wildlife and plant life along our streams and rivers. 

The Drug Take Back program gives residents a safe way to dispose of these types of medication. Simply gather up your unused, unwanted and expired medications and bring them to the Arvada Police Department parking lot, where you can drive up, dispose and drive away.

Some of the items that can be collected include prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications or lotions. Below is a list of items that can and cannot be accepted:  


  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Liquid Medication in Glass or Leak-proof Containers
  • Medicated Ointments and Lotions
  • Inhalers


  • Bloody or Infectious Waste
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Illicit drugs
  • Chemotherapy & other radioactive substances
  • Oxygen Containers
  • Needles or Other Sharps
  • Medical Equipment

W. Michael Northey was a police officer for the City of Arvada who was tragically killed after being struck by a car while making an arrest on August 13, 1979. Northey was very active with the youth of the community and the Northey Foundation was created to award scholarships to those pursuing a higher education degree, and for Officers and/or their families in times of need. The W. Michael Northey Foundation is a 501(C)(3) (IRS#31-1771579) not for profit organization.

About Arvada Police 

The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication and respect. Learn more by visiting or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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