Prescription Drug Take-Back Event is Saturday, April 27, 2024

The Las Cruces Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies will have a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at locations in Las Cruces, Mesilla, Anthony, Sunland Park and White Sands Missile Range.

The prescription drug take-back event is open to anyone who wants to properly dispose of prescription drugs. Residents are encouraged to drop off expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs – in pill or patch form. Vape- related items, with batteries removed, will also be accepted. However, liquid or needles will not be accepted.

Locations where law enforcement will take back prescription drugs include:
• Las Cruces Police Department Market Health and Wellness: 2711 N. Telshor Boulevard.
• Las Cruces Police Department Market Health and Wellness: 150 Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.
• Las Cruces Police Department Market Health and Wellness: 1550 S. Valley Drive.
• Elks Lodge: 3000 Elks Drive.
• Mesilla Marshal’s Department: 2670 Calle de Parian, in Mesilla.
• Anthony Police Department: 820 New Mexico Highway 478, in Anthony, N.M.
• Sunland Park Police Department: 1000 McNutt Road, in Sunland Park.
The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

In addition to the take-back event, partner agencies will have prescription drug handbooks for parents and educational material on safeguarding prescription medications and proper methods of disposal of medications.

The take-back initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues. Unused and outdated medications are susceptible to misuse or abuses that can result in accidental poisonings and overdoses. Traditional methods of disposing unused medications, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down toilet, can pose safety and health hazards