Residents can safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 29
Community members can bring their pills for disposal from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to Market Street, 5605 Colleyville Blvd. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. In its 11 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in about 3,200 tons of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.