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Fairbanks area to offer five drug drop-off locations for Drug Take Back Day

Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 4:25 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With April 24th being National Drug Take Back Day, the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) will be offering five locations for residents to drop off their unwanted, expired, and unused prescription medications.

According to David Zahn, Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Anchorage DEA, FNSB in collaboration with the DEA will be providing locations across Alaska for citizens to safely discard prescription drugs. Agent Zahn explained, “National Take Back Day is the DEA working with our community to make a difference by allowing the community the opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications. Last year the CDC issued a health alert, basically that there was a significant increase in the number of overdose deaths from July 2019 to July 2020, with a number of approximately 83,000 people dying of drug overdoses during that time. So this is an opportunity to remove those unwanted, unused drugs from people’s homes.”

Agent Zahn explained that are several locations across Alaska, including five in the Fairbanks Area. “We’re registered to have 20 collection sites this year with five up there in Fairbanks. There’ll be a collection site at both of the Fred Meyers up there and then one at Fairbanks PD and one with the Alaska State Troopers, as well as one at the North Pole Police Department.”

According to Agent Zahn, the previous year’s take back event yielded promising amounts of collected prescription drugs. “In October last year, October 2020, the DEA had 16 collection sites statewide, with a total of 4,500 pounds of unwanted, unused, expired medications collected.”

More information on National Drug Take Back Day including drop-off locations can be found on the DEA website.

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