In a proactive push to further prevent prescription drug abuse, the Missouri City Police Department is partnering with Drug Enforcement Administration Agents on Saturday, Sept. 29 to help residents safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted pills.
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 by keeping the pills from children and out of the water supply,” said Capt. Brandon Harris.
Last year, officials collected 552,161 pounds—276 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 four previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 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.”
And, officials caution that flushing drugs pollutes our precious water supply, and throwing them in the trash makes them easy targets for 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 email@example.com.
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.