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El Paso VA Health Care System Drug Take Back

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 7:02pm

Fort Bliss event on September 28 held to take back prescription medication

They're a lifesaver that can turn into a vicious killer, and countless Americans welcome them into their homes every day.

Prescription drugs have taken the lives of many celebrities but the list of non-famous people who die as a result of overdosing or taking expired meds is also very much a public health concern.

Dr. Larry Obisesan, Assistant Chief of Pharmacy at the El Paso Department of Veteran Affairs says prescription drugs are becoming more and more popular on the streets.

When prescription drugs expire, their chemical components begin to break down and they become unstable, making them very toxic to the human body. That's precisely why the El Paso Veteran's Health Care System partnered up with the DEA and the Army Substance Abuse Program of Fort
Bliss to provide veterans with a safe way to get rid of medication that has expired or that they no longer need.

Officials ask that you do not dispose of your expired medication by flushing it down the toilet, pouring it down the sink, or throwing it in the garbage because it may get into the city's water supply or soil. Instead, you can visit the DEA's website where you can find drop-off locations near you.

- Anoushah Rasta, MMJ

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