DEA teams up with New Mexico DPS in drug Take Back Program

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies will join together this fall to offer residents in New Mexico an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, DEA/NMDPS and its counterparts will hold another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites statewide and nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April 2012, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds — 276 tons — of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by DEA and nationwide with more than 4,300 city, county, state and federal law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds — nearly 775 tons — of prescription drugs.

“The overwhelming public response to DEA’s first nationwide Take-Back event last year, not only rid homes of potentially harmful prescription drugs, but was an unprecedented opportunity to educate everyone about the growing prescription drug abuse problem,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse — and all too often they aren’t the last. That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused and unwanted drugs.”

“This DEA initiative addresses a public health issue of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. that is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” said DPS Secretary Gorden E. Eden Jr. “This is why I have tasked every Law Enforcement office in DPS to participate to rid our streets of this hazard.”

Socorro County residents can take their unwanted drugs to the state police office which is just north of Socorro, at Exit 152 from I-25.

Law Enforcement encourages parents and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com and www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com.

 

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