Prescription drugs can be disposed of Saturday at nearly a dozen local sites
Sites across county will accept drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FARMINGTON — People who have unused prescription drugs that are no longer needed can dispose of the medication Saturday at nearly a dozen locations in San Juan County as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration partners with local and federal law enforcement as well as businesses, medical offices and first responders to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice annually.
The drug take-back day aims to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse, according to a press release from the White House Press Office.
Saturday will be the first of the two drug take-back days this year. People can take unneeded prescription medication to a variety of sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout San Juan County.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more than 912,300 pounds of prescription drugs were collected across the country during the October event.
The San Juan County Partnership sponsors the local National Drug Take Back Day events. Executive director Pamela Drake said people can take the drugs to the Safeway at 415 N. Main Ave. in Aztec, Farmers Market at 401 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield, Walgreens at 4221 E. Main St. and 701 E. 20th St. in Farmington, and the Shiprock Police Department, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 491 and U.S. Highway 64.
She said there are also drop-off locations available year round at the Northern Navajo Medical Center and at the Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec police departments.
Jayme Harcrow, a spokeswoman for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, said the drugs can be dropped off year round at the Kirtland and Lee Acres substations, 6 County Road 6360 and 21 County Road 5500.
She said people can also drop prescription drugs off Saturday at the Sheriff’s Office building at 211 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.
The various locations cannot accept needles or epi pens. Drop off locations can be found at takebackday.dea.gov.
Other options for safe disposal of prescription medication include ordering a prescription drug disposal envelop from the National Safety Council. The envelops can be ordered at nsc.org.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.