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County residents have new option to dispose of unused medications

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and Chief Gorden E. Eden, Jr. of the Albuquerque Police Department today announced a new medication drop box in Nob Hill, a tool that allows the community to safely dispose of unused and outdated medications.

Today’s announcement also highlights National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which is this Saturday, April 26.

Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque Police Department have partnered with local businesses to install a medication drop box in the APD Triangle Mini-Substation to allow city and county residents to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs responsibly.

“Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States and a very serious problem in New Mexico,” Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins says. “We need to keep prescription medications, particularly opiates, out of the hands of children and off the street. This drop box gives people a convenient way to get those medications safely out of their homes.”

“Prescription medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others,” Chief Gorden E. Eden, Jr. says. “Medicine take-back programs for disposal are a good way to remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from the home and reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the prescription medicine.”

Commissioner Hart Stebbins also credited former APD Commander Michael Geier for his support during this project.

Medication drop boxes like this have been successful in northern New Mexico in reducing the incidence of prescription drugs being stolen for illegal resale. Safe disposal of prescription medications is a key component of the National Governors Association’s Prescription Drug Abuse Project.

The Triangle Mini-Substation Drop Box is a partnership between Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, and two local businesses – Federated Fleet and Automotive Services, and Sandia Safe and Lock – who donated their services to build the drop box.

The drop box will be available to the public at the Triangle Mini-Substation located at 2901 Central Ave. S.E., on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information please contact the Southeast Area Command at (505) 256-2050.

Unwanted prescriptions can also be dropped off at other locations throughout the city. Please visit http://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/pharmaceuticals/ or call 311 for more information.

For more information about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.