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Drug Take-Back Aims to Make Community Safer

Local government and law enforcement groups will be at locations in and around Santa Fe on Saturday, collecting unused prescription drugs for a “drug take-back day” coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Unused or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off anonymously, with no questions asked, a Santa Fe County news release says. The drugs will later be destroyed by the DEA.

“Prescription medication abuse is a very big problem in Santa Fe County. Most of these abused drugs come from family and friends,” Rachel O’Connor, director of the county Community Services Department, said. “This is a great opportunity to safely remove these medications from the reach of potential abusers.”

The county does take-back days twice a year, the release says, and has collected upwards of 2,000 pounds of unused medication.

Unused medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Rancho Viejo Village Market, 55 Cañada Del Rancho

  • Santa Fe Police Department, 2515 Camino Entrada

  • Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Police Department, 58 Cities of Gold Road, No. 6

  • Santa Fe Fire Department, Station 1, 200 Murales Road

  • New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, Villagra Building, 408 Galisteo St.


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