Drug Take Back set for Saturday in Taos County
The biannual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for this Saturday (Oct. 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with five locations in Taos County offering free and anonymous disposal services to residents looking to get rid of old or unused drugs.
This year’s drop-off locations include Smith’s grocery store, The SPOT – a community wellness center in Peñasco – and police stations in Taos, Taos Pueblo and Questa, which also accept prescription drugs year-round.
In 2014, New Mexico recorded the second highest rate of drug overdose in the country. The state continues to struggle with dangerous drugs, as does other parts of the country, with approximately 64,000 deaths last year caused by drug overdose.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration launched National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2010 as one of several solutions to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
According to information from the DEA, keeping old or unused medications in the home can pose a danger to others, especially children. It can also make a home a target for breakins and theft. Getting rid of those medications, experts say, can reduce those risks.
Taos Alive, a local organization in Taos County, is sponsoring this year’s event in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
“We remain committed to doing what we can to keep prescription opioids out of the wrong hands and keep people from getting addicted,” said Andy Jones, drug abuse prevention coordinator at Taos Alive.
Taos County locations accepting unused or unwanted prescription drugs Saturday (Oct. 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.