National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The New Mexico Department of Health urges residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collection sites in southwest New Mexico as well as statewide will be set up as and staffed by state and local police and county sheriff’s departments. The service is free and anonymous.
The New Mexico Department of Health reported 486 New Mexicans died of drug overdose in 2012. That was a seven percent decrease from 2011.
“Safely disposing of old or unused prescription drugs in our own homes is one small step we can all take to limit the availability of drugs in our communities,” said Southwest Region Public Health Director Ray Stewart. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to clean out their own medicine cabinets.”
National Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and has been successful over the last seven years of removing over 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of medication from circulation.
Drop off locations in the southwest part of the state include:
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||K-Mart||1900 Bataan Memorial East|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Wal-Mart||1550 S. Valley Dr.|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Elks Lodge||3000 Elks Dr.|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Branigan Library||200 E. Picacho Ave.|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Club Fitness||3850 E. Lohman|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||DEA Office||2290 E. Griggs Ave|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Wal-Mart||571 Walton Blvd.|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Wal-Mart||3331 Rinconada Blvd.|
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||Sam’s Club||2711 N. Telshor Blvd.|
|Doña Ana||White Sands Missile Range||WSMR Gym||236 Picatinny, Bldg 236|
|Grant||Silver City||Walgreens||100 Rosedale Rd.|
|Luna||Deming||Deming Police Dept.||700 E. Pine St.|
|Otero||Alamogordo||State Police Office||411 10th St. Ste 101|
|Otero||Alamogordo||Lowes Grocery||675 E. 10th St.|
|Otero||Alamogordo||Alameda Park||1321 N. White Sands Blvd.|
|Otero||Holloman AFB||HAFB Commissary||551 4th St. Bldg. 227|
|Sierra||Truth or Consequences||T or C Police Dept.||507 McAdoo|
|Socorro||Socorro||State Police Office||I-25, Exit 152|
To locate more designated drop-off sites across the rest of New Mexico, please visit the official National Take Back Initiative Site Search website.
We would be happy to provide additional information about this press release. Simply contact David Morgan at 575-528-5197 (Office) or 575-649-0754 (Mobile) with your questions.