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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 1:33 pm 
Wednesday the Town Workers installed this Drug Take Back Box in front of the Office of Sustainability on Pope Street. The first of a hoped for 5 boxes around Grant County is sponsored by the "Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition" from a grant from the NM Office Of Substance Abuse Prevention" in the hopes of stemming the access to highly addictive prescription synthetic opiates and other drugs to youth from the family medicine cabinet.

The box will be monitored by the SCPD and they will empty it once a week. This 2 year effort to provide the boxes was prompted by the planned discontinuance of the "Drug Take Back Day".

 Author: MineralMama
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 7:24 am 
Great idea, but how are these not be an encouragement & for vandals to break into them? Are they sitting outside 24/7? Shouldn't they be put inside the Office of Sustainability or wherever else they are distributed throughout the community? Perhaps an alarm could be installed inside each of them.

 Author: crow
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 10:24 am 
I'm not sure yet if it is a great idea, time will tell. Over the past few weeks leading up to the installation the 2 Town officials I've questioned about security are not sure yet either. The unit is bolted to the concrete and has a steel cable wrapped around the column behind it so it can't be moved inside.

It's anybody's guess as to how many of the most abused pain killers on the streets actually come from home medicine cabinets nor if unused pain meds are or will be deposited rather than kept for that "rainy day" need. No meds, wether licit or illicit should ever be flushed down the toilet or sink as sewer treatment plants are generally incapable of removing them. But this brings up another issue of what to do when a loved one dies and family needs to dispose of, often piles, of things like heart medicines, cancer drugs etc that are as or more dangerous than pain meds or mood elevators; use these boxes.

 Author: Kevin B
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 7:07 pm 
While visiting a Pharmacologist we know up at UNM a few week ago this very question came up, what to do with old meds short of wait for the annual take-back-your-old-drugs Day, which is actually the best way to get rid of them, but short of that the answer she gave us was surprising, simple, and frankly suspiciously unintuitive. Here's what she said.

1) Put whatever left over pills or capsules you've got in cup or bowl and add hot water, the less water the better but enough to completely break them down to a slurry. Doing this makes them unidentifiable.

2) Once they're fully broken down add in old coffee grounds, used grounds work fine, she suggested what's left over from your morning coffee, or kitty litter works too, old used kitty litter is fine. This steps makes the old meds seriously unappealing, even for those desperate souls who may be inclined to consume them without really knowing what they are. In addition we were told that many drugs are rendered chemically inert by coffee grinds or kitty litter.

3) Place the resulting pasty glop in a zip lock bag and throw it in the trash.

Seeking out a second opinion on this brought us to the FDA, who it turns out, offers the same advice minus the first step. The FDA agrees the best approach is to turn them in on a drug-take-back day, but otherwise just mix them with coffee grinds or kitty litter and pitch them in the landfill.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/Reso ... 107163.pdf

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