The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 28th 2018, and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This will be taking place nationwide, including right here in Albuquerque.
The public is invited to participate in the biggest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day/ Youth Symposium at the Albuquerque National Guard Armory. It is an opportunity to honor the most important institution in America – the family.
There are many locations in area, but the symposium is at the National Guard Armory from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, registration begins at 7:30 am. Blakes is donating 50 burritos to the first registrants.
You can also drop off medicine or old prescriptions at all locations from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
The DEA will have multiple guest speakers, group breakout sessions as well as community booths, food trucks and entertainment.
For additional information, click here
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency with support from dozens of community based organizations, such as New Mexico Joint Counter Drug Task Force, Elks, Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and the Above the Influence Campaign.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.” In addition to prescription opioid painkillers posing a risk for addiction and overdoses, children are often accidentally poisoned by them.
The DEA firmly believes strong drug free families form the foundations of strong communities. Everyone has a role to play in making families successful, including neighborhood organizations, businesses, nonprofits, policymakers, and, of course, families themselves.