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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Artesia Police Department, has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, Oct. 28.

The local event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Artesia Public Library. Drug take-back days aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Items accepted 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. The services are free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Last year, many thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were collected at approximately 6,100 sites. These items 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 available.