National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Category
All County Events
Date
2018-04-28 10:00

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On Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Travis County Constables will team up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Residents can simply drop off their medication at any of the five Constable offices listed below. This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Danny Thomas,
Constable Pct. One
4717 Heflin Ln Ste. 127
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 854-7510

Adan Ballesteros,
Constable Pct. Two
10409 Burnet Rd Ste. 150
Austin, TX 78758

2 Club Estates, The Hill, TX 78738
(512) 854-9697

Stacy Suits,
Constable Pct. Three
8656 Hwy 71 W Ste. 132
Austin, Texas 78735
(512) 854-7245

George Morales, Constable Pct. Four
4011 McKinney Falls Pkwy #1100 Austin, TX 78744
(512) 854-9488

Carlos Lopez, Constable Pct. Five
1003 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 854-9100

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications. The misuse and improper disposal of expired and unwanted prescription drugs is a growing problem in our country and threatens municipal water supplies.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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 other Take-Back locations, visit: https://www.traviscountytx.gov/tnr/conserve OR http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

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  • 2018-04-28 10:00