National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event
Posted on 04/11/2018

NHCSAPC offers a free event to collect unwanted prescription drugs to reduce risk for addiction

HOUSTON —The North Harris County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (NHCSAPC) will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for members of the public to dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs that are potentially dangerous. NHCSAPC is encouraging the community to come to the event so that they can properly dispose of unneeded medications. 

Medications may be dropped-off at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office – Aldine Storefront at 5202 Aldine Mail Route. Pills, liquid medications, and patches will be accepted. However, sharp objects such as syringes will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions be will be asked of individuals discarding medications.

“We are proud to partner with the North Harris County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition at Harris County Public Health on this important public health effort to protect our children and our neighborhoods from exposure to potentially dangerous prescription drugs,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “As a parent myself, I encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity to rid our homes of old, unneeded medications.”

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit in home cabinets can potentially be misused or stolen for misuse. Rates of prescription drug addiction are soaring in the U.S., and so are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, particularly opioids like OxyContin and benzodiazepines like Xanax.  

“We are hosting this drug take-back event because easy access to prescription drugs is a major risk factor for addiction and overdose,” said Coalition Director Emily Dean of Harris County Public Health. “We want to provide a safe and easy way for community members to reduce that risk by cleaning out home medicine cabinets.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash should not be done as it poses a potential safety and health hazard. 

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, Take Back events have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills in the last six years.  

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or where to find a Take Back location near you on April 28, visit takebackday.dea.gov

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