A line forms at a previous Drug Take-Back Day, and this year in conjunction with its exhibit, ‘Drugs: Costs and Consequences’, the museum is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27 at the museum. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 27 at the Museum.
Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the community a chance to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription medications.
In 2017, a national study on Drug Use and Health showed six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed a majority of the drugs were obtained from home medicine cabinets. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences.
“There are several local venues participating in Drug Take-Back Day,” Museum Executive Director Margie Marino said. “The drop-off site at the Museum of Natural History is the only location in town where you can see an exhibition about the heinous impact drug abuse has on our society. “
Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Formerly known as Target America, the exhibition has traveled to 16 cities and has been viewed by more than 22 million visitors. The exhibit is on display daily in Albuquerque through the fall.