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New Prescription Drug Drop Box for the South Valley

10/21/2016
3:41 PM
Zacary E. Wilson - O (505) 468-1272 - zwilson@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III, the Partnership for Community Action, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins today announced the installation of a new prescription drug drop box in the South Valley, a tool that allows the community to safely dispose of unused and outdated medications.

The prescription drug drop box will be available to the public at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department South Area Command Center at 2039 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bernalillo County partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who provided the specialized collection box now installed at the South Area Command Center. The DEA will also assist with disposal of the collected medications. Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins financed the project through her district-directed funding.

The Bernalillo County-based community organization, the Partnership for Community Action, initially approached Commissioner Hart Stebbins for the placement of a prescription drug drop box in the South Valley.

“Our communities have been ravaged by opioid addiction for many years,” says Javier Martinez, executive director of the Partnership for Community Action. “We are grateful to Bernalillo County and Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins for their leadership in helping us combat addiction in our neighborhoods.”

In New Mexico, where opioid overdose deaths are the second highest in the nation, prescription drop boxes, such as this, have been successful in reducing the theft and illegal resale and use of prescription medications. Safe disposal of prescription medications is also a key component of the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative.

“Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States, and a serious issue in New Mexico,” says Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. “The new South Valley drop box will provide residents with a convenient way to dispose of unneeded medications, to help keep prescription drugs off the street.”

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from families, friends and the home medicine cabinet,” says Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Albuquerque. “The DEA applauds Bernalillo County for providing the community with an easily accessible option for prescription drug disposal.”

The DEA will also hold its 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA’s initiative is designed to provide additional safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Please visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html to find disposal locations.

“For the past few years, the Sheriff’s Department has participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by setting up temporary bins at our substations for the community to dispose of unused prescription drugs,” says Captain Josh Kingsbury of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. “We will be participating again this Saturday. The good thing about having a permanent drop box at the South Valley substation is that we will be able to make a greater impact all year long.”

Unwanted prescriptions can also be dropped off at other locations throughout the City of Albuquerque year-round. Please visit cabq.gov/police/programs/pharmaceuticals or call 311 to learn more. You may also contact the BernCo Sheriff’s Department South Area Command Center at (505) 314-0010 for more information.

 

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About Bernalillo County                                                                                                                                            

 Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with 670,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in the city and to the 111,000 residents who live outside the city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,400 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

 

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