Lakeway Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering to host a Drug Take-Back Day initiative from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 at Lakeway Justice Center, 104 Cross Creek.
This will be the 10th time Lakeway Police Department has hosted a Drug Take-Back Day providing a venue for Lakeway area residents to properly dispose of unwanted and unused controlled, uncontrolled and over the counter medications.
Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford emphasized the importance of the nationwide effort.
“Our partnership with the DEA helps reduce the potential for unused prescriptions to be abused or improperly disposed in our trash and sewer systems,” Radford said. “We hope to see even greater participation on April 29 from a Lakeway community that over the years has contributed tons of medications at our previous Take-Back Days.”
Last fall, Lakeway joined Bee Cave police to collect 924 pounds of prescription medications. Overall, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. In its 12 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds — more than 3,500 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. 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 more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take-Back Day, go to the DEA Diversion website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.
The collection will be quick, secure and supervised by law enforcement. This is free and open to the public. No effort will be made to count, inventory or log medication or those who are dropping them off. Please note that the department will no longer be able to accept needles as a part of the take-back and commercial items will not be accepted.
For information, visit www.lakeway-tx.gov/police or call Lakeway Police Administrative Assistant Kenn Purcell at 512-314-7553.
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