Friday, January 27, 2023

Safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions Saturday

Several local police departments will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

National Take Back Day is a nationwide effort by the DEA 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. Local police departments — including Argyle, Bartonville, Flower Mound and Roanoke — will be collecting unused prescription drugs and safely disposing of them.

Prescription pills and patches and over the counter drugs, veterinary medications, vitamins, minerals and samples will be accepted. Oxygen tanks, liquids, inhalers, needles, thermometers and IV bags will not be accepted. Residents are encouraged to keep the drugs in their original containers and mark through personal information.

The following locations in southern Denton County will be collecting these unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the DEA website:

  • Argyle Police Department, 506 Hwy 377
  • Bartonville Police Department, 1941 Jeter Road East
  • Flower Mound High School parking lot, 3411 Peters Colony Road
  • Marcus High School parking lot, 5705 Morriss Road
  • Roanoke Police Department, 609 Dallas Drive

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to a news release from the town of Bartonville. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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