Española Police Want Your Unused Pharmaceutical Drugs
New Mexico leads the nation in prescription overdose deaths, second only to West Virginia. In an effort to assist in addressing this problem and reduce the risks posed by prescription drugs in our communities, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has coordinated a number of national take-back days with our state and local law enforcement partners since September 2010. The participation of the Española Police Department, along with almost 4,000 other state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation, has been essential to the success of these events, which have resulted in the removal of over 4.1 million pounds (2123 tons) of medication from circulation.
DEA is coordinating another opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. They invite you to participate in this event. Collection activities are planned for Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Española Wal-Mart located at 1610 North Riverside Drive and staffed by duly authorized law enforcement officials. Collection boxes and the retrieval of surrendered pharmaceuticals will be provided by DEA. Destruction of the materials will be accomplished in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.