The Flower Mound Police Department collected more than 767 pounds of unused and expired medications on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last month, according to the department’s social media pages.
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands,” the department wrote on Facebook. “That’s dangerous and often tragic.”
The department added that if you missed National Take-Back Day but you want to dispose of unused or expired medications, you can drop them in the secure bin in the police department lobby, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, at any time.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration created National Take-Back Day to address “a crucial public safety and public health issue,” according to its website. More than 6 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs in 2015, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and most of the abused drugs were obtained from family and friends, usually from the home medicine cabinet. So to help people safely dispose of potentially dangerous controlled substances, the DEA launched the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2010.