1626 Medical Center

El Paso, Texas 79902

(915) 782-4000


Overview on Drugs

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), used in the 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment, misuse levels of controlled prescription drugs remain high. Controlled prescription drugs are the second most commonly misused illicit substance after marijuana with nearly 18.1 million persons aged 12 years or older reported in the past year. This number includes 11.1 million individuals who misused pain relievers in the past year.

The RNA mentions through the monitoring of future data indicates that opioid misuse has dropped significantly, and this is in part due to youth access to prescription drugs. 2018 TSS data indicates that only 1.4% of students reporting using opioids in the past month. The most common type of prescription drug misuse in Region 10 is codeine cough syrup.

Public Controlled Substance Disposal Locations

Safely dispose of controlled substances at the locations indicated below.