Missouri CIty PD partnering with DEA on prescription drug “Take Back” Day
To help cap the abuse of prescription drugs and the improper disposal of the medicines, the Missouri City Police Department is partnering with Drug Enforcement Administration Agents on Saturday, April 27 to help residents safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medicines.
The nationwide “Take Back” day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. During that time, local citizens can bring their medicines and drop them off with DEA officials, who will handle proper disposal of the drugs. “The free initiative will help to safeguard our communities,” said Capt. Brandon Harris.
Last year, 56 pounds of medication was collected on “Take Back” day in Missouri City. And, officials across the country collected 487,318 pounds—243 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous “Take Back” events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds—nearly 1,000 tons—of pills.
The program aims to promote community awareness of the public health crisis, to combat illegal usage of the pills and to provide a place for proper disposal of the medications. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high,” Harris said. “Our goal is to encourage residents to pay close attention to prescribed medicines in their homes and to speak with their families and friends about the dangers of drug abuse.”
Also, officials caution that flushing pills pollutes the water supply, and throwing prescription drugs in the trash makes them accessible to thieves, pets and wildlife.
For more information, visit: www.justice.gov/dea/take-back/takeback-day_2012.html or contact Harris at 281.403.5847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, Missouri City has a prescription drug drop box in the Police Department Lobby and encourages residents to utilize it year-round to safely dispose of medications.
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