Drug Take Back set for Satur­day in Taos County

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By John Miller jmiller@taos­news.com The Taos News

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.

Karin Eber­hardt

Taos County lo­ca­tions ac­cept­ing un­used or un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs Satur­day (Oct. 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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