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EL PASO, TX] – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the West Texas Regional Poison Center in collaboration with El Paso Advocates for Prevention Coalition, Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition, and the Prevention Resource Center for Region 10 will join forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public the opportunity to do their part in preventing poisonings, medication abuse/misuse and medication theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.  Bring your pills for disposal to any of the five locations listed below.  All medications are accepted except needlessharps, and inhalers.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its local partners at more than 4,000 locations.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and itspartners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 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. 

Poison Center/Local Coalitions Sponsored Locations will Include:

1. University Medical Center Main Hospital - 4815 Alameda (hospital main entrance)

2. University Medical Center East Clinic - 1485 George Dieter (right side of building)

3. University Medical Center Ysleta Clinic - 300 S. Zaragoza (in front of the pharmacy)

4. University Medical Center Northeast Center - 9839 Kenworthy (left side of building)

5. Rio Vista Community Center – 901 N Rio Vista (front entrance)

 

For more information about the proper disposal of medications or about the April 29th Take Back Day events at the above locations, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.  For a more comprehensive list of locations, visit the DEA Diversion website.

 

 

Prescription Take back event in El Paso TX April 29th
For more details contact.


Rey Bobadilla, APS
Prevention Specialist
Aliviane Inc.
El Paso Advocates For Prevention Coalition
9001 Cashew Suite 700
915-313-4442, Fax 915-313-4475
E-mail: rbobadilla@aliviane.org
https://www.facebook.com/915apc
https://twitter.com/915apc



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