Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs at Upcoming DEA Drug Take Back Day

April 18, 2012

The 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.

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 (DEA) instituted a prescription drug take-back program in 2010. On the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held in October 2011, participants turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal.

When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

The DEA is holding a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Collection sites in the West U area include:

City of Bellaire City Hall-Lobby

7008 S. Rice

Bellaire, TX 77401

Higher Dimension Church

9745 Bissonnet St.

Houston, TX 77036

For additional collection sites and other information about the Drug Take Back Program, visit the DEA’s website at http://www.justice.gov/dea.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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