Drug Take Back provides resources, disposes of medications

Cassie Tafoya/Arizona Silver Belt The 20th DEA Take Back Day was held at Fry’s on April 24. From left, Globe Police Sergeant Meintzer, AZYP Community Development Coordinator Ruben Castro, Fry’s Pharmacy Technician Rebecca and Globe Police officer Cochran were available to dispose of prescription drugs and provide information to anyone who stopped by.

The 20th DEA Take Back Day was held at Fry’s Food and Drug on Saturday, April 24. Resource bags containing information about prescription drug safety, substance misuse and other related topics were distributed, as well as the overdose reversing/lifesaving medication Naloxone/Narcan.

Over the 10-year span of the program, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. In addition to the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. In the Globe-Miami area, Globe Police Department, Miami Police Department and CVS Pharmacy have permanent collection boxes for your use.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Department was involved with 10 calls in 2020 where Narcan was administered and were the responsible agency. Of those administrations, three were from deputies, one was from a civilian and six were from EMS.

To date for 2021, they have been the responsible agency where Narcan was administered four times. Of those administrations’, one was from a civilian, two were from EMS and one was from an assisting agency.

Globe Police Department was involved in six calls where Narcan was administered in 2020 and one to date in 2021.



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