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Anchorage Fire Department
Tuesday October 22nd, 2019 :: 08:00 a.m. AKDT


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday, October 26, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Do you have leftover prescriptions, especially pain pills? Dispose of unused medication promptly and safely. This protects children from accidental poisoning, and prevents theft by visitors, relatives (including teens), or strangers.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be this coming Saturday, October 26th. The event starts at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 2:00 P.M. Locations in the Municipality of Anchorage and the central Mat-Su Valley include the following:

Municipality of Anchorage
Providence Medical Center – 3300 Providence Drive, Entrance #4  Map
Fred Meyer (Muldoon) – 7701 DeBarr Road  Map
Fred Meyer (Abbott) – 2300 Abbott Road  Map
Fred Meyer (Eagle River) – 13401 Old Glenn Highway  Map

Central Mat-Su Valley
Fred Meyer (Wasilla) – 1501 East Parks Highway  Map
Fred Meyer Pharmacy (Palmer) – 535 Evergreen Ave.   Map  
If you miss Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day, authorized collectors in the local area can be found here: Search for an Authorized Collector Location

You can also pick up free medication disposal bags that deactivate certain drugs, such as opioids, at any AFD fire station or at many State of Alaska Public Health Centers. All you need to do is add your medication and water following the instructions on the bag. When done, the bag is safe to throw away in household trash.

More information on prescription medication disposal can be found at the following links:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
FDA - How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
FDA - Disposal of Unused Medicines
EPA - How to Dispose of Medicines Properly (PDF)
EPA - Disposal of Medical Sharps

In Alaska, April’s drug take back event saw 4,567 pounds of prescription medications disposed of at 19 sites across the state, and a total of 937,443 pounds (over 468 tons) of prescription medications was disposed of nationally. Over the past 17 DEA drug take back events, Alaskan’s have disposed of 49,931 pounds of prescription medications. The national total has been 11,816,393 pounds (over 5,908 tons).


Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

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