Rep. Geran Tarr

This Saturday Marks the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 27, 2017

Anchorage – Saturday, October 28th, is the 14th National Drug Take Back Day.  Representative Geran Tarr (D – Anchorage) encourages Alaskans to take advantage of this opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

The National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.  Last April Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites. 

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  Given the severity of the opioid epidemic in Alaska this Saturday’s event is timely and critical for the safety of all Alaskans,” said Representative Geran Tarr.  “I encourage everyone to participate and dispose of unused medications safely.”

WHAT:    Opportunity for Alaskans to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs (liquids and needles cannot be accepted, only pills or patches).  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

WHEN:    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday, October 28th, 2017

WHERE:   Providence Medical Center – 33000 Providence Drive, Entrance #4
                   ANTHC Healthy Communities Building – 3900 Ambassador Drive
                   Fred Meyer (Muldoon) – 7701 DeBarr Road
                   Fred Meyer (Aboott) – 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.