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Drug Take-Back Day happening April 28

Saturday, April 28, marks Drug Take-Back Day in the Borderland.

Expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual event.

“This is a chance for families to get rid of any kind of prescription medications in their home to make your home safer,” said Heather McMurry, the Diversion Program Manager for El Paso’s division of the DEA.

Three locations in El Paso are available for drug drop-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m that day:

– El Paso County Sheriff’s Office East Montana Patrol Station, 12501 Montana Ave.
– EPCSO Clint Patrol Station, 190 San Elizario Rd.
– EPCSO Northwest Patrol Station, 435 E. Vinton Rd., Suite D

In Las Cruces, the following locations will be designated drop-off sites:

– Walmart Supercenter, 3331 Rinconada Blvd.
– Walmart Supercenter, 1550 S. Valley Dr.
– Walmart Neighborhood Market, 150 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
– Sam’s Club, 2711 N. Telshor Blvd.
– Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.
– Corbett Center Student Union, 1600 International Mall, New Mexico State University
– Dublin’s Street Pub, 1745 E. University Ave.
– Albertsons, 2551 E. Lohman Ave.
– Elks Lodge, 3000 Elks Dr.
– NM State Police, 4055 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

There are other drop-off locations around Southern New Mexico:

– Town of Mesilla, 2231 Avenida De Mesilla, Mesilla
– Hatch Police Department, 5 Chile Capitol Ln., Hatch
– Stire’s Supermarket, 304 McCombs Rd., Chaparral
– Anthony MVD, 820 NM 478, Anthony, N.M.

Residents are encouraged to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs – in pills or patch forms – during the event.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles.

The service is free, anonymous with no questions will be asked.

Last fall, the DEA collected 456 tons of potentially dangerous prescription medications across the country.

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