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Posted on: October 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Prescription Drug Take-back Event is Saturday

a pile of empty prescription drug bottles

Las Cruces police, the DEA and other law enforcement agencies are hosting a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at several locations within the community.

The prescription drug take-back, which is free and open to anyone who wishes to properly dispose of prescription drugs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at:

  • Walmart Supercenter, 3331 Rinconada Blvd., Las Cruces
  • Walmart Supercenter, 1550 S. Valley Dr., Las Cruces
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market, 150 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces
  • Walmart Supercenter, 571 Walton Blvd., Las Cruces
  • Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces
  • NM State Police, 4055 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces
  • Toucan Market, 1701 E. University Ave., Las Cruces
  • Mayfield High School, 1955 N. Valley Dr., Las Cruces
  • Our Lady of Purification Church, 5525 Cristo Rey St., Dona Ana
  • Town of Mesilla, 2231 Avenida De Mesilla, Mesilla
  • San Ezequiel Moreno Parish Hall, 19230 NM Highway 28, San Miguel
  • Hatch Police Department, 133 Franklin St., Hatch
  • Stire’s Supermarket, 304 McCombs Rd., Chaparral
  • Anthony Senior Center, 865 Anthony Dr., Anthony

Residents are encouraged to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs – in pills or patch forms – during the event. Unfortunately, the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles during the take-back event. The service is free, anonymous with no questions will be asked.

In addition to the take-back event partner agencies will have prescription drug handbooks for parents, and educational material on safeguarding prescription medications and proper methods of disposal of medications.

The take-back initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues. Unused and outdated medications are susceptible to misuse or abuses that can result in accidental poisonings and overdoses. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet, can pose safety and health hazards.

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