Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs at Tomorrow’s Drug Take-Back Day
West U residents are encouraged to dispose of unused prescriptions at an upcoming DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Take-Back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations in the West U area, including Bellaire City Hall, 7008 S. Rice, University of Houston Police Department, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston Police Department 4503 Beechnut and Houston Police Department South Central Station, 2202 St. Emanuel.
Removal of expired and unused prescriptions from your home on a regular basis is important because of a number of health and safety risks. In the greater Houston area alone, an estimated $1 billion of unused or expired pharmaceuticals are disposed of each year. Proper disposal of medications helps eliminate the risks of accidental poisoning of children and pets, drug abuse and theft of medications as well as potential environmental damage.
Pharmaceuticals generally should not be flushed as they are often very toxic, resistant to chemical treatment and end up being discharged from wastewater treatment plants unaltered. The best solution is to participate in a pharmaceutical take-back program.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency instituted a prescription drug take-back program in 2010. The American people have responded overwhelmingly to the DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program. On April 28th, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four Take-Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.
For additional collection sites and other information about the Drug Take Back Program, visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/.