NEWS: Be Safe with Prescription Drugs

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Anchorage – Law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and Fred Meyer stores across Alaska are teaming up to collect unused prescription drugs on Saturday as part of the 15th National Drug Take Back Day. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is urging Alaskans to prevent the abuse and theft of prescription drugs by properly disposing of them at authorized collection sites.

“The ongoing opioid epidemic is devastating people’s lives and overburdening our hospitals and first responders. Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs are dangerous and easily abused. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. My hope in helping promote this event is that every Alaskan will take the time to collect and dispose of their unused prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” said Rep. Tarr.

The goal of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for the abuse of unused prescription drugs. The twice-annual event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

WHAT: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Providence Medical Center, 33000 Providence Drive, Entrance 4

                Fred Meyer (Muldoon), 7701 DeBarr, Road

                Fred Meyer (Abbott), 2300 Abbott Road

                Fred Meyer (Eagle River), 13401 Old Glenn Highway 

                Fred Meyer (Wasilla), 1501 East Parks Highway

                Fred Meyer Pharmacy (Palmer), 535 West Evergreen Ave.

                Fred Meyer (Fairbanks), 930 Old Steese Highway

                Fred Meyer (Fairbanks), 3755 Airport Way

 

Additional information about the disposal of prescription drugs and National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is available online on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.