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Turn In Unused or Expired Medication for Safe Disposal

By April 26, 2012

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If you have unused or expired medication, you can turn it in on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at designated collection sites around town.

Disposing of outdated medications in this way ensures they won't end up in the landfill or flushed down the toilet, where they would dissolve and mix with ground and surface water. We don't really want to add drug residues to our water systems; they already get the drugs that pass through our bodies in the form of waste. Flushing meds into toilets has become ecologically unsound.

This will be the Drug Enforcement Administration's fourth Take-Back day. The last one on October 29, 2011 brought in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted and expired medications.

Here are just a few centrally located drop off sites in Albuquerque:

UNM Police Department, 2500 Campus Blvd.
Smith's, 320 Yale SE
NM State Police Office, 2501 Carlisle NE
Sheriff Dept. South Command, 2039 Isleta SW
Sheriff Dept. North Command, 6900 4th NW
Smiths, 8040 Academy NE
Smiths, 111 Coors NW

Check for other locations near you.

Find out more about how to properly dispose of medications you no longer need, to include prescription drugs.

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