April 29, 2014

Lujan Highlights Important Impact of Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Commends Santa Fe County for Collecting 600 Pounds of Medication

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted the impact that National Prescription Take-Back Day had in New Mexico, where more than 600 pounds of medication was collected in Santa Fe County.  Luján commended the county and all those who participated by bringing their unwanted medications to one of the many locations for safe disposal.

“By collecting more than 600 pounds of prescription drugs, in Santa Fe County alone, and much more throughout the state, New Mexicans who participated in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day have played an important role the fight against prescription drug abuse,” Congressman Luján said.  “While Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is only a small part of what must be a larger effort to combat drug abuse, it is encouraging to see its success in Santa Fe County, and know that a significant amount of prescription drugs have been properly disposed of.”

Last week, Rep. Luján encouraged New Mexicans to take the opportunity on Saturday to dispose of unneeded or expired medicine in an effort to ensure these prescription drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands.  In 2012, over 60 percent of people who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes obtained them from family or a friend – which highlights the importance of disposing of unneeded medication.

“As we continue to come together as a community and encourage our family, friends, and neighbors to live a healthy lifestyle, it is critical that we recognize the role prescription drugs have in people’s lives.  Every year we see an increasing number of lives claimed by prescription drug abuse,” added Luján.  “Prescription Drug Take-Back events not only reduce the amount of unwanted drugs, but draw attention to the fact that we all have a role to play in this effort.  Every step we take to safely dispose of prescription drugs has the potential to save lives in our communities.”

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