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Museum Participates Saturday, April 27 in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 15th, 2019

 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Museum. Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the community a chance to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription medications.

In 2017, a national study on Drug Use and Health showed 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed a majority of the drugs were obtained from home medicine cabinets. The event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences.

“There are several local venues participating in Drug Take-Back Day,” said Margie Marino, Executive Director of the museum. “The drop-off site at the Museum of Natural History is the only location in town where you can see an exhibition about the heinous impact drug abuse has on our society. “

Drugs: Costs & Consequences is a traveling exhibition from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Formerly known as Target America, the exhibition has traveled to 16 cities and has been viewed by more than 22 million visitors. The exhibit is currently on display daily in Albuquerque through the fall.  

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About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science:

Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at


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