Las Cruces police, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies will conduct a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at several locations across Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.
The prescription drug take-back, which is free and open to anyone who wishes to properly dispose of prescription drugs, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at:
- Walmart Supercenter, 3331 Rinconada Boulevard, Las Cruces.
- Walmart Supercenter, 1550 S. Valley Drive, Las Cruces.
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 150 Sonoma Ranch Boulevard, Las Cruces.
- Walmart Supercenter, 571 Walton Boulevard, Las Cruces.
- Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces.
- New Mexico State Police, 4055 N. Sonoma Ranch Boulevard, Las Cruces.
- Toucan Market, 1701 E. University Ave., Las Cruces.
- Mayfield High School, 1955 N. Valley Drive, Las Cruces.
- Our Lady of Purification Church, 5525 Cristo Rey St., Doña Ana.
- Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla.
- San Ezequiel Moreno Parish Hall, 19230 New Mexico Highway 28, San Miguel.
- Hatch Police Department, 133 Franklin St., Hatch.
- Stire’s Supermarket, 304 McCombs Road, Chaparral.
- Anthony Senior Center, 865 Anthony Drive, 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 and anonymous and 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 Unused and outdated medications are susceptible to misuse or abuses that can result in accidental poisonings and overdoses.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 risks and health hazards.