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Prescription Drug Take Back Day set

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10th, 2013

VALLEY — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

The locations in the San Luis Valley are:

> Alamosa at City Market, 131 Market Street, sponsored by Alamosa Police Department

> Monte Vista, at Monte Vista Police Department, 95 West 1st Street, sponsored by Monte Vista Police

> Antonito, at Antonito Police Department, 302 Main Street, sponsored by Antonito Police Department

> Center, at Center Police Department, 294 South Worth Street, sponsored by Center Police Department

> Manassa, at Manassa Town Hall, 401 Main Street, sponsored by Manassa Police Department

> San Luis, at Costilla County Public Health, 233 Main Street, sponsored by Costilla County Sheriff’s Office

> Del Norte, at Jack’s Market, 1210 Grande Ave., sponsored by Del Norte Police Department

> Saguache, at 1st Stop, 315 8th Street, sponsored by Saguache County Sheriff’s Office

> Blanca, at Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center, 17591 Highway 160, sponsored by Blanca Police Department.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications that were removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

Shortly after DEA’s first Take-Back Day event two years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposal. Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal.

Thanks to the efforts of the local law enforcement agencies, prescription drugs will be kept away from individuals who might misuse them, will prevent the contamination of ground water by drugs that are flushed down the toilet, will prevent someone from mistakenly taking a drug that was not prescribed to them, and will prevent potential poisoning by someone taking expired drugs that have changed over time and can become dangerous.

Please contact local police departments with questions.

As a reminder – the Alamosa Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol will accept unused or expired prescription drugs on a continuous basis.

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