FMPD collects nearly 2,200 pounds of unused medications

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The Flower Mound Police Department collected 2,185 pounds of unused medications on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, photo courtesy of FMPD.

The Flower Mound Police Department collected 2,185 pounds of unused and expired medications on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, according to the department.

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. For a list of guidelines of accepted and unaccepted materials, as well as how to properly dispose of needles, sharps and syringes, click here.

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.

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