NMSP, Lt. Robert McDonald
ASAC, Keith Brown
Santa Fe – Federal and local law enforcement agencies will join together this fall offering residents in New Mexico an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
On Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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, American’s 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 pills.
“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 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.”
The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database, where they enter their zip code. Albuquerque residents are reminded that the DPS Special investigations Division office on Indian School Road has a permanent drop off site, open Mon-Fri during business hours.Law Enforcement encourages parents and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com and www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com
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