National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Dispose of prescription drugs safely and soundly
The DEA’s next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in 2017 Americans disposed of a record-setting 456 tons of potentially dangerous expired and unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Now in its 8th year, the event addresses a vital public safety and health issue while also protecting the environment.
For residents, the DEA, assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will provide collection services in The Woodlands Township front parking lot (2801 Technology Forest Blvd, 77381) on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service coordinated by The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Because what you flush eventually goes somewhere
Your toilet isn’t a portal to another dimension where waste vanishes. When flushed, many pharmaceuticals work their way through the sewage treatment process and into our drinking water and our waterways, where even very small levels harm aquatic life.
Play a key role in abuse prevention
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, usually through the home medicine cabinet.
Additional information for collection site
The Woodlands Township collection site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas will be held on the same day, please refer to their website for direction on how to navigate around the race course. In most cases, you may prefer to reach the Township from Research Forest Drive, south on New Trails Dr. and east on Technology Forest Blvd. For traffic difficulties, contact the number that is usually posted on the IRONMAN traffic signs.
Other local law enforcement agencies are participating. If you are unable to drop in The Woodlands that day, please CLICK HERE to find other local collection sites.
Keep your family safe and the environment healthy; clean out your cabinet today and take unwanted drugs to The Woodlands Township or another local collection facility.