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Curry County Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 27th

Post Date:04/23/2019 9:33 AM

Curry County Manager’s Office

417 Gidding Street, Suite 100
Clovis, NM  88101
(575) 763-6016
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For Immediate Release on:       April 23, 2019
Issued By:                                 Curry County Administration

 

Curry County Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 27th

CLOVIS, NM – On Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, the Curry County Health Council, New Mexico State Police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Roden Smith Pharmacy, located at 305 Llano Estacado Blvd, Clovis, NM, or Walgreens, located at 700 E 21st Street, Clovis, NM (the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.  Locally, according to the 2018 New Mexico Community Survey, 11.8% of Curry County residents self-reported using pain killers for any reason and the 2017 Annual Strategies for Success Survey shows 4.7% of Curry County High School students self-reported using prescription drugs to get high.

 

Tanya Henderson, the Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager, says, “Opioid misuse has become a health issue and anyone can be affected.  We’re encouraging families to clean out their medicine cabinets to prevent easy accessibility, because two-thirds of teens get prescription painkillers from family or friends.  The Prevention Takeback Event is a great alternative to safely dispose of prescription drugs and help our community in the prevention of opioid misuse.”

 

This is the 17th National Take Back Day and the second time Curry County will be participating. During the last event in October 2018, over 457 tons (914,236 pounds) of prescription drugs were collected across the country.  The State of New Mexico collected 7,956 pounds of prescription pills and Curry County alone contributed 56 pounds to that total.

 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact Tanya Henderson at 575-763-7725 ext. 164 or email at thenderson@currycounty.org.

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