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Prescription drug take back set for Saturday

Written by InsideDP.com. Posted in News

On October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southeast Harris County Community Coalition (SEHCCC) and Pasadena Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol will participate in the 11th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Deer Park, Pasadena, and Baytown.

The Take Back is hosted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Baytown Police Department, Deer Park Police Department, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena Police Department, and The Summit of Pasadena ISD to give the public an 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 one of these sites:

Baytown Police Department at 3200 N. Main in Baytown
Deer Park Police Department at 2911 Center Street in Deer Park
The Summit at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway in Pasadena.


Other Take Back locations can be found at www.dea.gov.

These services are free and anonymous, no questions asked. We are not able to accept sharps but all prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted at Take Back. In all previous Take Back events combined, more than 3,000 pounds of pills have been collected in Southeast Harris County alone.

At this Take Back, we will also be distributing Deterra Drug Deactivation Systems. These biodegradable pouches contain charcoal that deactivates the chemicals in medications so they can be safely disposed of in landfills. These pouches are made available through the Texas Targeted Opioid Response funding through Texas Health and Human Services.

These drug disposal initiatives address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused 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.

“Prescription drug abuse is a problem that affects every community. We invite residents to help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse. Take an inventory of the medications in your home and bring any drugs that you no longer need to one of our Take Back events.” said Coalition Coordinator, Amber Buras.

For more information visit www.bacoda.org or call 1-800-510-3111.