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June 21, 2013

Edwards Drug Take Back Day gets unwanted/unused drugs out of house

From left: Staff Sgt. Ryan Ball and Senior Airman Kenneth Gordon, 412th Security Forces Squadron; Deputy Brandon Routh, Kern County SheriffĂ­s Department; Master Sgt. Shawna Wesley and Maj. Vanthy Pham, 412th Medical Group; and Lola Becerra, civilian pharmacy technician.

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The 412th Medical Group, 412th Security Forces Squadron and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department joined forces for Edwards AFB’s Prescription Drug Take
Back Day June 14.

Folks around base got the opportunity to bring in any unused or expired prescription medicines to the lobby of the Exchange where collection bins were available to collect the discarded items. People dropped off their unwanted prescriptions with no questions asked.

The effort brought in 92 pounds of prescription meds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event. When added to the collections from DEA’s previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Plans are in the works for another drug take back day this coming October.




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