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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the Artesia Police Department will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Artesia Public Library, 205 W. Quay Ave.

A locally-sponsored drug take-back day will also be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Guadalupe Park, corner of Fourth Street and Logan Avenue, during the annual Child Safety Fair.

The drug take-back days aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal of medications while also educating the general public on the potential for abuse of these drugs. Items that will be accepted for disposal include: prescriptions, prescription patches, pet medications, ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and samples. Items that may be disposed of in proper provided containers include used and unused sharps.

Drug take-back day services are free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

In 2015, many thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were collected at approximately 6,100 sites throughout the country. These drugs were removed from circulation and possible accidental ingestion by children and pets, as well as abuse by those who might be caught in that trap.

Directions on home disposal methods will also be provided.