More than 150 community members took part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Drug Take Back Initiative,” sponsored by the Fort Bend Police Department, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Department and the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition.
The event gave community members the opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets of old, expired or unwanted medicine and avoid giving youth access to the medications, which can lead to abuse and addiction.
Among those taking part in the event were Marie Hoyte and her son, Shawn Thibodeaux. Shawn is a heart transplant patient. He and his mother learned about the Drug Take Back event from their CVS pharmacist.
“My son and I are both heart patients, and my husband is a spine patient,” said Hoyte. “Between the three of us, we have several bottles of medication that we can no longer use. We asked our CVS pharmacist where we can dispose of the medication, and he suggested we drop them off at this event.”
The event also welcomed community members who disposed of medications belonging to family members who recently passed away, led group collections throughout their neighborhoods, and simply cleared out their personal medicine cabinets. Combined, community members dropped off more than 580 pounds of medication for safe disposal.