Travis County to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

[AUSTIN, TX] – On Saturday, October 27th, 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 dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs safely. Residents can 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 (Map)
(512) 854-7510

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

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

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

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

Carlos Lopez,
Constable Pct. Five
1003 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)
(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 April Americans turned in 474.5 tons (949,046 lbs) of prescription drugs at almost 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall Texas has the most amount of pills collected in the Nation with a total of 82,978 lbs.

The Drug Take Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medications 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. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medications—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards, including harming water supplies.

For other Take-Back locations, visit:

https://www.traviscountytx.gov/tnr/environmental-quality/conserve/takeback-kiosk OR https://www.dea.gov