LAPS Promotes National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

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Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe and convenient way to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

You can help prevent misuse by securing your medications or by disposing of unused prescriptions on April 27 at the following locations:

  • Los Alamos Police Department in the North parking lot off Central Avenue from 10 am – 2 pm (or 24/7 by taking them inside the station after Take Back Day)
  • Nambe Drugs at 111 Central Park Square from 9 am – 1 pm (or during their normal business hours after Take Back Day)

For those wanting to dispose of unused prescription drugs but are unable to visit a Take Back location, contact Kristine Coblentz ( or Brandi Seekins ( for a Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy way for people to deactivate and dispose of unused, expired or unneeded medications in their own home.

LAPS is Part of the Solution

On March 6, 2019, 35 LAPS students in grades 6-12 attended the New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in Rio Rancho. The students were chaperoned by nine LAPS staff, one school counselor intern, and two representatives from the Los Alamos Fire Department. The Youth Summit was designed by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and DEA 360 Strategy to educate students about the dangers of opioid addiction and encourage them to be part of the solution to ending the epidemic.

The summit included valuable information, live entertainment, a realistic short film, and testimonials from individuals and families whose lives have been affected by addiction and overdose. More information is available at The LAPS Prevention Program is hosting a series of follow up discussions and action planning sessions with the students who attended.

Facts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older.
  • Teens use for a number of reasons: to get high, to stop pain, or because they think it will help them with school work.
  • Many teens get drugs from friends and relatives, usually without the person knowing.