11th annual National Drug Take Back Initiative

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When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Luke Air Force Base Exchange, lobby near the Starbucks.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Since most abused prescriptions come from family and friends, you could be a drug dealer and not even know it.

In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Security forces personnel will take all drugs in pill, patch or cream form. We are only accepting medications for the four-hour period listed above. No liquids or needles will be accepted.

Unwanted or expired medications will be collected and turned over for proper disposal to the Phoenix office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information, call Staff Sgt. Robert DeGoey, 56th SFS Investigations, at 623-856-6450.