According to the DEA website, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that are kept in homes past the expiration date are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. NMCSD's Prescription Drug Take Back Day offers the community an opportunity to prevent drug abuse by turning in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to a local drop-off site. The Take-Back Day minimizes safety risks involved with drugs through proper and environmentally-friendly disposal.
NMCSD has three planned drop-off sites. NMCSD's campus site will be Baxter Circle between buildings two and three, Branch Health Clinic Miramar and Naval Base San Diego Navy Exchange located in the home store parking lot. This event is a free service with a no questions asked policy. The event is open to all active duty, beneficiaries, retirees, staff and those who have access to the base. All prescription and over the counter medications will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles along with illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will not be accepted.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all three locations. NMCSD's next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tentatively scheduled for October 2012.
The Drug Take Back is NOT open to press to protect patient privacy, but request your assistance in notification to NMCSD beneficiaries in the San Diego community.
For more information about other take-back sites visit: www.dea.gov