Garrisons partner with DEA for ‘Drug Take-Back Day’

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
The number of Soldiers abusing prescription drugs is low, and the Army just signed a contract to develop a marketing campaign intended to keep that number low. (Courtesy Photo)

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Army Substance Abuse Program advocates are encouraging the return of unused medications for National Prescription Take-Back Day.









National initiative taking place April 26 in U.S.A.

Leslie Sweeney
U.S. Army Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO — Army installations across the U.S. are once again partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement agencies, Saturday, April 26, in support of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Military installations will provide drop-off locations for active duty, family members, civilian employees and retirees to anonymously turn in medications or prescription drugs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Soldiers, families and civilians to safely dispose of their medications,” said Pamela Budda, chief of the Army Substance Abuse Program at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command. “Help us eliminate the risk of prescription drug abuse or accidental poisoning.”

The semiannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set aside to encourage American citizens to turn in unused or expired, prescribed medications for proper disposal. DEA initiated the observance Sept. 24, 2010.

In conjunction with the next National Prescription Take-Back Day, the Army is launching a new campaign to promote positive, healthy behavior among Soldiers. The campaign, “It’s a Thin Line between Use, Misuse and Abuse,” will educate the Army community about the proper use of prescription drugs and the dangers and consequences of prescription drug misuse.

“It’s a Thin Line” also provides tools and resources for mitigating negative consequences.

IMCOM has taken the lead for the Army, and garrisons have participated in the last six National Prescription Take-Back days to dispose of unwanted and unused drugs. These semiannual events have resulted in the safe collection and disposal of over 25,000 pounds of prescription drugs on our garrisons.

Take-Back Day offers Soldiers, family members and civilians an opportunity to safely turn in all their unused and unwanted prescription drugs to help address potential misuse or abuse and foster safe and healthy Army communities.

Garrison commanders throughout IMCOM support the initiative.

“We are very pleased that our continental United States garrisons, to include Alaska and Hawaii, have participated in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and made the take-back events a big success,” Budda said. “I encourage all of you to support your local National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site and turn in your unused and unwanted medications.”
(Editor’s note: Sweeney is the Army Substance Abuse Program coordinator at IMCOM.)

Drop-Off Locations
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at these locations:
•Schofield Barracks Main Post Exchange (PX), inside near flower shop;
•Town Center of Mililani, north end of mall, 95-1249 Meheula Pkwy.;
•Marine Corps Exchange, in front, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay;
•Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange, main lobby, 4725 Bougainville Dr.;
•Windward Mall, inside, near food court entrance, 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe;
•Pearl City Police Station, parking lot, 1100 Waimano Home Rd.;
•Hawaii State Capitol, drive-through, 415 S. Beretania St., Honolulu;
•Kahala Mall, inside, 4211 Waialae Ave., Honolulu.

Learn More
Get more details at these sites:
•Army Substance Abuse Program at
•“It’s a Thin Line between Use, Misuse and Abuse” at
•Call 808-541-1930 about “Take-Back Day” or visit

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