Santa Fe — On October 29, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, the New Mexico State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be providing the public with another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
This nationwide event also took place in April of this year. As a result of April’s “take back” event 376,593 pounds (188 tons) of prescription drugs were turned into the 8,400 federal, state and local collection sites.
This DEA initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in the home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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 pose a potential safety and health hazard.
The New Mexico State Police will have collection sites at the following locations:
- New Mexico State Police office in Santa Fe
4491 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
- New Mexico State Police offices in Las Vegas and Raton
301 Mills Ave 430 East Hereford Ave
Las Vegas, NM 87701 Raton, NM 87740
- New Mexico State Police office in Roswell
4207 West 2nd Street
Roswell, NM 88201
- New Mexico State Police office in Las Cruces
3000 East University
Las Cruces, NM 88011
- New Mexico State Police office in Albuquerque
2501 Carlisle Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
- New Mexico State Police office in Gallup
4200 E. Historic Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301
- New Mexico State Police offices in Espanola, Taos, Chama
1410 N. Paseo de Onate 241 Paseo del Canon SR 17/US 64/84
Espanola, NM 87532 Taos, NM 87571 Chama, NM 87520
- New Mexico State Police office in Alamogordo
411 10th Street, Suite 101
Alamogordo, NM 88310
- New Mexico State Police office in Farmington
1025 West Navajo
Farmington, NM 87401