Prevent prescription drug abuse during National Drug Take Back Day

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MAY 15: Prescription medication is pictured on May 15, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Bill English has delivered his sixth budget which included a $493 million families package, which includes extending paid parental leave and will introduce free doctors’ visits and prescriptions for under 13s. It was also announced that the […]

In an effort to curb drug addiction and overdose deaths across the country, the Drug Enforcement Administration is celebrating National Drug Take Back Day. 

Saturday, April 27, various locations around New Mexico will be available for the public to dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around six million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs.

During last year’s October Take Back Day, 914,236 pounds of prescriptions were dropped off nationwide at 5,839 collection sites. Communities in New Mexico dropped off 7,956 pounds of prescriptions.

Events around the state take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for a full list of prescription drop off sites.

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