FAIRBANKS — Local residents who want to discard outdated, unused or unwanted prescription drugs can do so today at several locations around Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright and North Pole as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Items can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Cowles Street, the Fairbanks Police Department on Cushman Street, the Post Exchange on Fort Wainwright, Fred Meyer East on the Old Steese Highway, Fred Meyer West on Airport Way and the North Pole Police Department on Snowman Lane in North Pole.
The event is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. According to a news release, the idea behind the event is to prevent the abuse or theft of pills, accidental poisonings and environmental damage to waterways.
The state health department says painkillers were the second-leading cause of accidental poisoning in Alaska children younger than age 6 last year.
Disposal events are held twice a year. At an event in April, Alaskans turned in more than 2,700 pounds of prescription medication.