EL PASO, Texas — The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Recovery Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. excluding nationwide locations.
The Deming Police Department at 700 E. Pine Street has a drop box in the lobby that accepts prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed during regular business hours. DPD leader Clint Hogan said the drop box was permanently installed.
“Eliminating unnecessary drugs can help prevent drug abuse,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic records. I encourage everyone to get rid of unnecessary prescription drugs now.
For additional locations in the rest of New Mexico, and Midland and Alpine, Texas, visit DeaTakeBack.com.
“The DEA is committed to making our communities safer and healthier,” said Greg Millard, special agent in charge of the El Paso Division of Drug Enforcement. “The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back reflects the DEA’s commitment. We encourage everyone to remove unnecessary medications from their homes to prevent drug abuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.
Drug overdose deaths have risen 16% in the past year, killing more than 290 every day. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the majority of people who abused a prescription drug got it from a family member or friend.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 106,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending November 2021, marking the highest number of never-recorded drug-related deaths, along with opioid-related deaths. deaths representing 75 percent of all overdose deaths.
For more than a decade, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day has been helping Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded drugs — those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed — that too often become a gateway to the dependency. Working closely with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed over 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts align directly with the DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.
On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharp objects and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided the lithium batteries are removed.