In an effort to help stem the abuse of prescription drugs and improper disposal of medicines, the Missouri City Police Department has added another crime prevention device to it’s arsenal: a prescription drug drop box at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. Residents are encouraged to put their expired medicines inside the drop box where they will be safely disposed of.
“The drop box will help safeguard citizens by keeping the pills from children and out of the water supply,” said Missouri City Police Captain Brandon Harris.
Experts caution that flushing drugs pollutes the water supply, and throwing them in the trash makes them easy targets for thieves, pets and wildlife. “This is important information for residents to know,” Harris said, noting also that federal regulations “prevent pharmacists from taking medications back once they are dispensed.”
Aiming to promote community awareness of the crisis, to combat illegal usage of the pills and to provide a place for proper disposal of the medications, police officials encourage residents to pay close attention to prescribed medicines in their homes and speak with their children about the dangers of drug abuse.