There is a new place in southern Denton County to safely dispose of your unused prescription medication.
The Flower Mound Police Department recently installed a medication drop box in their lobby, located at 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.
The new drop box provides the community with a convenient way to drop off their unwanted, expired, or unused medications year-round, town officials said.
According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs; more than the combined number of people who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin.
In 2011, approximately 4,500 young people per day, ages 12- to 25-years-old, abused a prescription drug for the first time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Expired medications tossed in the trash or flushed down the toilet or drain can contaminate water, harm wildlife and pollute drinking water.
“The Medication Disposal Box is a win-win for our community,” said Flower Mound Town Councilmember Bryan Webb. “Not only does it give residents a convenient way to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription medication, but it shuts the door on the opportunity those drugs could fall into the wrong hands.”
There are also medication disposal units located at the Highland Village Municipal Complex and at the Town of Argyle police station.
The drop box will serve as an addition to the semi-annual Prescription Drug Round-Up events the police department has participated in with area law enforcement agencies and the Lewisville ISD for the last several years.