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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

October 21, 2016 - Opioid Safety - Information

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  Use this tool to locate a site near you!Expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for proper disposal at collection sites throughout New Mexico on Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription pills for disposal can be brought to collection sites in dozens of communities in New Mexico staffed by state and local police and county sheriff’s departments. The service is free and anonymous.

Visit the National Take Back Initiative Site Search web page to find the nearest disposal site in your community.

Earlier this year, the New Mexico Department of Health reported a nine percent decrease in statewide overdose deaths, but prescription drug abuse remains an important public safety and public health issue in New Mexico.

“Drug diversion - when a person steals doctor-prescribed medication from their families', friends' or neighbors' medicine cabinets - is how the majority of drug abuse cases often start in New Mexico and the United States, and how deadly habits are often formed,” said Department of Health Secretary Designate Lynn Gallagher. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a great opportunity to safely get rid of unwanted or unused prescription drugs and make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands.”

In addition, Americans are advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

In 11 previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 6.4 million pounds – about 3,200 tons - of prescription medications nationwide.

For information on prescription drug safety visit the Opioid Safety section of our website. Additional resources are available from the NMDOH Harm Reduction program.


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