CLOVIS (KSMX)- Presbyterian Healthcare Services now offers a convenient medication takeback program for easy disposal of leftover, unused and out-of-date prescription and over-the-counter medications at nine hospitals in New Mexico.
Unused medications in the home can contribute to drug abuse. More than 70 percent of young people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, including the family medicine cabinet, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. More than 17,000 people die each year from misuse of prescription drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We want to help provide a safe, easy way for people to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of leftover prescription medications,” said Erica Downing, executive director of Pharmacy Services at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “We also want to remind people that they should not flush drugs down the toilet because trace amounts can appear in community drinking water. We encourage anyone in our community to come in and look for the big green receptacle to drop off unused medications.”
Secure drop-off locations are now available in these locations:
- Dr. Dan C Trigg Memorial hospital
- Lincoln County Medical Center
- Plains Regional Medical Center
- Presbyterian Española Hospital
- Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital (two locations)
- Presbyterian Hospital
- Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
- Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center
- Socorro General Hospital
There are some items that can’t be deposited in receptacles, such as inhalers and needles, but staff at each site will be available if needed for questions.