Dispose of medications during Drug Take Back Week in Hidalgo County

April 22, 2019

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Monday, April 22, 2019; Lordsburg, NMNational Drug Take Back Week (April 22 to 26) is great time for Hidalgo County residents to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Bring your pills for disposal to any of the three sites available in Lordsburg during the week of April 22, 2019. (see locations). (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) These medication disposal sites are available year round during regular business hours.

 

At last year’s Drug Take Back Week had more than 7,000 pounds of medications collected from New Mexico.  Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in

home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

 

Properly disposing of unused or expired medication from homes keeps the community safer from misuse and abuse, especially by youth.

 

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Medications disposed of during Drug Take Back Week will be disposed of following United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Guidelines, the most common method is by incineration.

 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about Drug Take Back Week, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

 

For more information on the Pyramid Coalition contact (575) 597-0040 or email: jhill@swchi.org.

Drug Disposal Sites available in Lordsburg

  • Ena Mitchell Senior & Wellness Citizens Center, 532 DeMoss St.
  • Lordsburg City Hall, 409 W Wabash St.
  • Lordsburg Chamber of Commerce, 206 Main St.

This Pyramid Coalition news release was developed, in part, under grant number SP020859 from the Office Of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of, ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be constructed as such.

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