“Take-back Day” reclaims drugs

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

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U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The public is urged to turn in unused prescriptions as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26, here, and at other locations on Oahu and around the state.
The initiative allows disposal of unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

“It should be everyone’s responsibility to dispose of unwanted, over-the-counter medication prescriptions properly,” said Brent Oto, instructor, at the Army Substance Abuse Program.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are on the rise, According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, with twice as many Americans currently abusing prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined.

To date, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation since the take-back initiative began three years ago.

RX Drop-off Locations
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26, at various sites on Oahu.
Bring all unwanted, unused or expired medications in a sealed plastic bag for safe, anonymous disposal to any of these locations:
•Schofield Barracks PX, main lobby, near flower shop;
•Navy Exchange, main lobby;
•Marine Corps Exchange, Kaneohe Bay, in front;
•Kapolei Police Station, parking lot;
•Town Center of Mililani, north end of mall;
•Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, middle of mall;
•Kahala Mall, inside; or the
•Hawaii State Capitol, Beretania Street drive-through.
The service also is offered at the following neighbor island locations:
•Big Island of Hawaii’s Army Aviation Support Facility (adjacent to Civil Air Patrol), or the Hawaii Police Department Kona Police Station (parking lot);
•Maui County Police Department (parking lot); or
•Kauai Police Department (parking lot).
Only solid medicines may be turned in; no liquids, injectables or needles will be accepted.
For more information, call 808-541-1930 or visit www.dea.gov.

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