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Artesia Police hosting Prescription Drug Take Backs


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The Artesia Police Department’s Drug Take Back Locker will be at the Child Safety Fair on Apr. 7 at Guadalupe Park, according to Commander Lindell Smith.

Commander Lindell Smith (City of Artesia Photo)

Items accepted are: prescriptions, prescription patches, pet medications, ointments, over the counter medications, vitamins and samples. Items that may be disposed of in proper provided containers are: used and unused sharps.

“The services are free and anonymous with no questions asked,” he said.

Commander Smith added the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the APD has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place Apr. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Artesia Public Library.

“Last year many thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were collected at about 6,100 sites. These items were removed from circulation and possible accidental ingestion by children and pets as well as abuse by those that might be caught in that trap,” he said.

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