FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Tomorrow is the second opportunity for residents to drop off unused prescriptions as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day'.
It's an opportunity for community members to get their expired or unused medication, including controversial opioids, and turn them in for proper disposal.
Saturday's drop-off locations include the Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, Fred Meyer East, and the North Pole Police Department.
Officials will be collecting prescriptions from 10 AM to 2 PM.
According to Sam Savage at the Fairbanks Wellness Coalition, residents should be aware that some items are not allowed for drop-off, including syringes.
Savage explained why this event is important to the community.
Sam Savage; Assistant Coordinator - Fairbanks Wellness Coalition>>"While most teens and young adults in our community have never misused a prescription drug or specifically prescription opioids, it's really important that we keep them from going down that path of addiction because what we found in our needs assessment is that those who did use prescription opioids got them from their friends or family. And so this is one way that everyone in Fairbanks can help prevent the prescription drug abuse problem by taking back any expired or unused medications."