Colleyville: Properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back
The Colleyville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) invite the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Community members can bring their pills for disposal from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, to the Senior Center, 2512 Glade Road. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Colleyville Police are making it easier to dispose of drugs by offering a drive-through service this year.
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 Drug Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.