The Fulshear Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity on Saturday, April 25, to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents are invited to bring their unused, expired prescription medication for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Fulshear Police Department, 29255 FM 1093, Suite 7D. Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps —only pills or patches.)

The service is free and anonymous. No questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in nearly 442 tons (more than 882,919 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,200 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 18 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 12.7 million pounds— approximately 6,340 tons— of pills.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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 go to www.DEATakeBack.com or call Fulshear PD at 281-346-8888.

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