Drug Take Back Day collects nearly 900 pounds of unused medications

“Oñate High School’s Health Occupations Students of America and New Mexico State University Pre-Pharmacy students were out in full force across the county educating community members on safe opioid storage and disposal and handing out Deterra bags,” said Alyssa Myrick, program specialist for the Unified Prevention (UP!) Coalition for Doña Ana County, which helps coordinate Drug Take Back Day efforts.

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County residents safely disposed of 896 pounds of medications at the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take Back Day held the last Saturday of October. DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day is a twice-annual opportunity for the anonymous disposal of unwanted, unused or expired medications, assuring that they do not fall into the wrong hands.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Doña Ana County hosted 14 sites from Hatch to Sunland Park and Mesilla to Chaparral, including seven sites in the Las Cruces metro-area.

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