National Take Back Initiative returns to Schofield, Sept. 26

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments


Army Substance Abuse
Installation Management Command
On Sept. 26th, Army garrisons worldwide, including Schofield Barracks, will once again participate in a national campaign and collect unwanted, unused prescription drugs.

This event, which in the past had been celebrated in April and September, did not occur last April. This was because of a law that Congress passed that directed the event to be left up to local organizers.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who had always been the organizers of the events and the final disposers of the drugs collected, were no longer taking a role, and collections were not part of any national effort.

B2_National_Prescription_Take_Back_003The event had been an initiative of the DEA since 2010. It encouraged American citizens to turn in unused or expired prescribed medications at designated locations for proper disposal.

IMCOM supported
U.S. Army Installation Management Command, which is committed to a drug-free community, has always supported the national campaign.

“At past events, the Army garrisons collected over 48,000 pounds of unwanted, unused prescription drugs, so we are very pleased that our garrisons, to include Alaska and Hawaii, will once again participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day,” said Pamela Budda, IMCOM Army Substance Abuse Program chief.

Voters encouraged politicians to support returning the campaign to be planned at a national level, ensuring conformity across communities.

Garrisons will provide drop-off locations for all Soldiers, family members, civilian employees and retirees to anonymously turn-in medications or prescription drugs.
IMCOM will take the lead for the Army and ensure garrisons’ participation once again.

Reason for initiative
The semiannual event provides a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Soldiers, families and civilians to safely dispose of their medications,” said Budda. “I encourage all of you to support your local National Prescription Take-Back Day collection site and turn in your unused and unwanted medications.

“Help us eliminate the risk of prescription drug abuse or accidental poisoning,” she said, encouraging full participation.

Each garrison’s ASAP program manager will serve as the installation point of contact. ASAPs will provide additional information, as requested.

More Online
ASAP encourages everyone to visit “It’s a Thin Line” for additional resources for dealing with prescription drug use, misuse and abuse at

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