FBISD to host National Drug Take-Back event
On Saturday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Fort Bend ISD’s Police Department and Safe and Drug Free Schools Department will join the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition in sponsoring the annual Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will take place at FBISD’s Mercer Stadium parking lot, 16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back gives the public an environmentally safe way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Fort Bend ISD residents can contribute to the success of this year’s campaign by dropping off their unwanted prescription drugs at the Mercer Stadium site.
For more information, visit the website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.
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