New Mexico Department of Health
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 24, 2017 - 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, April 29th, 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 website to find the nearest disposal site in your community.

“Prescription drug abuse remains an important public safety and public health issue in New Mexico,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary 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.”

New Mexicans at last year’s event turned over more than 5,700 pounds of medication to state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners across New Mexico. Just a few months ago the New Mexico Department of Health announced a seven percent decline in overdose deaths in New Mexico from 2014 to 2015 – while overdose deaths increased nationwide by nearly 11 percent. While this is encouraging news, the Administration will continue fighting to end this epidemic.

Curbing drug overdose deaths has been a major priority for Governor Susana Martinez since 2014 when she allowed state pharmacists to prescribe Naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid-related overdoses, making New Mexico the first in the nation to allow it. There have been many advances since then including:

For information on prescription drug safety visit the Opioid Safety section of our website. Additional resources are available from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Harm Reduction.


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