Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2018

Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides temporary local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

If so, you can dispose of them Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back Day. Last November, more than 456 tons of prescription drugs were collected across the county. Cordant partners with healthcare providers, substance use disorder treatment centers and hospitals to offer this service, which allows patients to safely and conveniently return unused prescribed medication for legal disposal.

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Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Art Under the Elms. While many went down the path of addiction because of legal prescribed medications, others, particularly young people, may start by experimenting with grandma's pills.

Officials say collecting old prescriptions, especially painkillers, can help curb drug abuse. In home that use septic tanks, prescription drugs that get flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into ground water.

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At that time, the public can also familiarize themselves with Danbury's prescription drug drop box which is available all year round for safe disposal of prescription drugs. "I encourage all New Mexicans to participate in this free service to get rid of any unused, unwanted or expired medication in the home". Unwanted or expired prescription drugs or controlled substances can be disposed of at the Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many are permanent drop boxes located at police stations.

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