National Prescription Drug Take Back day preview in the Borderland

El Paso News

This Saturday is the 16th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back day which is prompting many in the Borderland to partner up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to make sure medications are disposed of properly.  

They are looking to collect any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

El Paso Water is one of the partners with the DEA, and advises people to avoid flushing their drugs down the toilet since it can create potential safety and health hazards going through our water system which runs as an ongoing cycle. Those hazards can affect others than just us.

“It’s a cycle, and it’s important to understand that we protect that source as much as we can. It’s not only for drinking water, there are other aquatic animals that live in the river and this can also affect them as well,” El Paso Water Spokesperson Christina Montoya told KTSM.

The DEA collected more than 9.9 million pounds over the past eight years, and is expecting to reach that total of 10 million pounds this year Nationwide.

Several locations will be around the city for people to stop by and drop off their prescription drugs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

You can find a location near you here.

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