UMC’s Poison Center Hosts Medication ‘Take Back Day’

UMC’s Poison Center Hosts Medication ‘Take Back Day’ October 25, 2018
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UMC’s Poison Center Hosts Medication ‘Take Back Day’

Multi-agency coalition aims to remove harmful, unused drugs

EL PASO, Texas – University Medical Center of El Paso’s West Texas Regional Poison Center will be the site of a major medication/pharmaceutical Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Poison Center located directly behind UMC.

The event is taking place in collaboration with El Paso Advocates for Prevention Coalition, Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition, Prevention Resource Center Region 10, YMCA, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Saturday’s “take back” gives the public the opportunity to do their part in preventing poisonings, medication abuse/misuse and medication theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.

Bring your pills for disposal to any of the five locations listed below. All medications are accepted except needles, liquids, and inhalers. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Poison Center/Local Coalitions Sponsored locations will include:

1. West Texas Regional Poison Center on 4625 Alberta Ave. (behind UMC)
2. West Side YMCA on 7145 N. Mesa
3. Bowling Family YMCA on 5509 Will Ruth
4. Loya Family UMCA on 2044 Trawood Dr.
5. Corpus Christi Catholic Church on 9205 N. Loop Dr.

For more information about the proper disposal of medications or about the “Take Back Day” events, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.