Sheriff announces Drug Take-Back event

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. residents will be able to bring potentially unsafe expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in for disposal.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.

The Las Cruces Police Department has teamed up with the Unified "Up!"

Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers announced the National Prescription Drug Take-Back spring event.

People can drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs on April 29 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at locations near them.

"Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs", said Sheriff Mike Chamberlain of Windsor County.

The event is part of a national initiative to prevent health and environmental hazards that can result from unused and outdated drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused. Overall, in its 12 previous Drug Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds - more than 3,500 tons - of pills. NW, as the agencies can't take in liquids or needles. The majority of those who abuse prescription drugs report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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