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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday and Los Alamos will have two drop-off locations, according to LAPD’s Oliver Morris.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., those who have unused prescription drugs can drop them off at the Los Alamos Medical Center parking lot or the White Rock Visitor Center parking lot.
Morris said no needles are allowed.
Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation also urging state residents to take part.
“New Mexico has taken strong steps in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic, but we must keep it up,” Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said. “We know that addiction to painkillers, particularly among teens, often begins with taking unused medications found at home. But we also know that events like Take-Back Day are helping New Mexico families protect their loved ones from the threat of abuse. I encourage the public to take advantage of this free and anonymous opportunity, and help us keep unused or expired prescriptions out of our medicine cabinets, out of our water systems, and most importantly, off the streets and out of the hands of our children.”
According to the DEA, more than 10,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected throughout New Mexico on National Take-Back Day during the last two years alone. Nationwide, state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of medication from circulation in the last seven events combined.
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) also weighed in.
“As we continue to come together as a community and encourage our family, friends, and neighbors to live a healthy lifestyle, it is critical that we recognize the role prescription drugs have in peoples’ lives.
“While prescribed medication from doctors can be essential in treating chronic conditions, disease, and pain, we must be aware that every prescription is meant for a certain time, place, and individual. Because these medications come from a doctor, they are sometimes viewed as less dangerous than illicit drugs, but this could not be further from the truth,” Luján said.