By Karolyn Gephart
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, October 26, 2019 and locations are available in Friendswood, Pearland and Manvel for drug disposal. The designated date addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
In Friendswood, the Friendswood Police Department will be accepting expired and unused medications on Saturday, October 26, 2019 between 10 am and 2 pm. at Hope Lutheran Church located at 1804 S. Friendswood Drive.
In Pearland Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting a location for drop off from 10 am to 2 pm. at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center at 5800 Magnolia in Pearland.
KPB, the Bay Area Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (BACODA), the Drug Enforcement Administration and Constable Buck Stevens are sponsoring the event.
In the Manvel area, drop off locations include Manvel Police Department at 6615 N. Masters Rd (CR 1128), Iowa Colony Police Department at 12003 County Rd 65 in Rosharon from 8 am to 5 pm and the Alvin Police Department at 1500 South St.
According to the DEA, “The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”
Drop Box locations are also at the following Police Departments in Brazoria County: Alvin, Angleton, Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Richwood and Sweeny and in Galveston County in Dickinson, Galveston, La Marque and Santa Fe.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Typical methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Take-Back events give citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted medications conveniently and anonymously, according to BACODA studies
In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills were removed from circulation. Citizens can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.
Since 2010, BACODA participated in Take Back in various cities across Brazoria County, Galveston County, Matagorda County, and Southeast Harris County, and more than 5 tons (10,607 pounds) of medication have been collected for safe disposal.
Find more information here: http://bayareacouncilondrugsandalcohol.homestead.com/rxdisposal.html.