DEA: Ditch the Old Drugs

DEA: Ditch the Old Drugs
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 4:03pm

'Take Back' Event To Allow Disposal of Unused Medications

The Las Cruces Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other area law enforcement agencies, is encouraging residents to rid their homes of outdated or unused medications during the Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative to be held April 28 at five locations around town.

The take-back event allows the public an opportunity to safely, and anonymously, dispose of outdated or unused prescription pills and medications. The service is free and no questions will be asked.

The take-back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Collection sites in Las Cruces are in the parking lot of the DEA office at 2290 E. Griggs Ave., the Kmart store at 1900 Bataan Memorial East, the Walmart Supercenter at 1550 S. Valley Dr., Thomas Branigan Memorial Library at 200 E. Picacho Ave. and at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center at 1600 E. Hadley Ave.

The take-back initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues. Unused and outdated medications are susceptible to misuse or abuses, and can result in accidental poisonings and overdoses.

Traditional methods of disposing unused medications – such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet – can pose safety and health hazards.

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