The Socorro County Prevention Coalition wants to do something about that.
This Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. local time the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its local law enforcement, community and tribal partners will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Muskegon Heights Police Department noted that between 8 a.m. and noon, it will take back both prescription drugs and recreational drugs with no questions asked.
Razza, who was promoted to Deputy Chief back in August when Parrillo retired and took on a new position of Director of Personnel for the city of Cranston, said, "Too often, unused drugs find their way into the wrong hands and that's very, very unsafe".
Locally, the Morton Police Department is participating in the event.
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Items that may be disposed of in proper provided containers include: used and unused sharps. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications.
The U.S. rate is 16.2 and the New Mexico rate is 24.6. "This is a great program and limits the amount of prescription drugs ending up in the landfills, sewer treatment facilities, or even back on the streets".
Every day, prescription drugs are taken by a friend or family - or stolen in break-ins. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated.
The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration twice per year, and Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at approximately 5,500 drop-off sites in April, the LCSO release said.