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April 30th

Danny Thomas, Constable Precinct One
4717 Heflin Lane, Ste 127
Austin, TX 78721

Adam Ballesteros, Constable Precinct Two
10409 Burnet Rd., Suite 150
Austin, TX 78758

Carlos Lopez, Constable Precinct Five
1003 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. three of Travis County Constable offices and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the above at addresses. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) Constable Precinct Five has a permanent pharmaceutical kiosk available for drop-off during business hours for residents are unable to make the April 30th event. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 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. 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 further information, contact Shaun Auckland: [email protected]  / 512-854-4496.

To find other Take-Back sites, see: https://www.traviscountytx.gov  or http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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