Health & Safety

October 4, 2013

National Prescription Take-back Day is Oct. 15

The National Prescription Take-Back Day was initiated on Sept. 24, 2010 by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It encouraged American citizens to turn in unused or expired prescribed medication for proper disposal. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Department of Defense military personnel, civilians, and their families remain drug free.

Fort Irwin’s ASAP is partnering with DEA, and Directorate of Emergency Services to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 15 from 10 am to 2pm at the Fort Irwin Army Field parking lot and the Dr. Mary E. Walker Center. This program is free and anonymous.

We will accept controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances; all solid dosage, pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers. We also accept liquid products such as cough syrup, which should remain sealed in its original container.

We will not accept intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel should handle such material as abandoned property.

All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement will not handle the medications at any time. All efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. There will be no questions, and no requests for identification will be made.

Cleaning out your medicine cabinet aims to prevent poisonings, prevent abuse, prevent misuse, and protect the environment. Poisonings, abuse, and misuse often occur when people store old medications in their homes. The presence of these items makes them accessible to young children who may be poisoned by them. Older children and teens may abuse these products or experiment with them for non-medical reasons. Adults and the elderly may save medications, such as antibiotics, for use at a later date. This is called misuse and can lead to antibiotic resistance as well as a delay in treatment of a condition that may be harmful. Often, when people choose to get rid of their medications, they may flush them down the toilet which can lead to contamination of our water supply. Please don’t flush your medications down the toilet!

If there are any questions or concerns, visit ASAP in building 573 on the corner of 3rd Street and South Loop Road or call 380-4153.




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