Wed. Apr 24th, 2024


CLOVIS (KSMX)-  – On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP), the Curry County Health Council, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department are participating in the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Roden Smith Pharmacy. Or Walgreens. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Additional items that will be accepted are sharps, pills, patches, e-cigarettes and vaping devices with a removable battery. Curry County collected 109 pounds of expired and unused prescription medications during the DEA Take Back Event on April 27.

The Roosevelt County Prevention Coalition is teaming up with the Portales Police Dept. to host the Drug Take-Back event. We will be at the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot from 10 am until 2 pm.

According to the 2018 New Mexico Community Survey, 11.8% of Curry County residents self-reported using pain killers for any reason and 4.7% of Curry County High School students self-reported using prescription drugs to get high, according to the 2017 Annual Strategies for Success Survey.

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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.

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