Waco Police taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 30th

POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 12:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

On April 30th. the Waco Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Waco P.D. at 721 n. 4th. The disposal box will be available for deposits the entire weekend. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Citizens are encouraged to bring the items and leave them in the labeled drop box located inside the police building.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

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.

From Waco Police Department

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