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Region II Narcotics Task Force Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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San Juan County, NMOn April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Region II and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal in Farmington at Wal Mart West 1400 W. Main St., Wal Mart East 4600 E. Main St., Walgreens 701 E. 20thSt. and Walgreens 4221 E. Main St. In Aztec, Safeway 415 N. Main Ave, in Bloomfield, Farmers Market 401 W. Broadway, in the County at the Kirtland Substation 6 road 6360  .  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. 

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. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Anyone who cannot make it to one of our collection sites on the 26th may also return prescription drugs at any one of our permanent collection locations during business hours from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  These permanent location sites are The Farmington Police Department, Aztec Police Department, Bloomfield Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff Departments Substations in Kirtland and Lee Acres.


April 26 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM


In Farmington- Wal Mart West 1400 W. Main St., Wal Mart East 4600 E. Main St., Walgreens 701 E. 20th St. and Walgreens 4221 E. Main St.

In Aztec- Safeway 415 N. Main Ave.

In Bloomfield- Farmers Market 401 W. Broadway.

Kirtland Substation 6 road 6360.