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Members of the Provost Marshal’s Office and Criminal Investigation Division remove labels from prescription bottles during the Provost Marshal’s Office Prescription Drug Take Back held at the base exchange parking lot April 30, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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PMO holds prescription drug take back

5 May 2016 | Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

The Provost Marshal’s Office conducted a Prescription Drug Take Back at the base exchange parking lot April 30, 2016.

PMO and Marine Corps Community Services held the event in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give Combat Center patrons the opportunity to turn in any expired or unneeded prescription drugs for proper disposal.

“There are a lot of people who flush or throw away their old [medication],” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Gerland, physical security chief, PMO. “That is dangerous because they don’t break down properly and may contaminate their water supply.”

PMO hosts the event twice a year. According to Gerland, medications are one of the most abused forms of drugs. These types of events help prevent misuse or theft of these drugs.

“There are a lot of larceny cases that revolve around prescription drugs,” said Gunnery Sgt. Natalie Calderon, chief investigator, Criminal Investigation Division. “These drug take back events help prevent these thefts and help keep the medication with the person they are intended for.”
PMO was able to fill three boxes with prescription medication to bring to the DEA for disposal. Another opportunity to turn in expired prescriptions is scheduled later in the year.

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