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City to partner with DEA for drug “Take Back Day”

Missouri City residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at the city’s Drug “Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The city will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to accept.

unwanted medication free of charge at the Missouri City Police Department, 3849 Cartwright Rd. As the misuse of prescription medications continues to rise, events such as this provide an easy, anonymous way for residents to dispose of drugs.

Residents are cautioned against flushing unwanted medications or putting them in the garbage as both methods pose potential safety and health hazards. Flushing drugs may pollute the water supply and throwing prescriptions in the trash makes them accessible to thieves, pets and wildlife, which could result in accidental poisonings and overdoses.

Locally and nationally, the program has successfully helped to promote community awareness of the issue, to combat illegal use of prescription drugs and to provide a place for proper disposal of medications. In April, Missouri City collected and disposed of 118 pounds of unwanted medications.

Legislation is currently being implemented by the DEA to allow additional facilities to dispose of unwanted and potentially dangerous controlled substances, but until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies will continue to hold prescription drug “take back” events every few months. If individuals are unable to participate in the Oct. 26 event, they may dispose of prescriptions in the “Drug Drop Box” in the Police Department Lobby. The box is accessible to residents year-round.

For questions regarding the Drug Take Back Day, visit the City website:

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