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Public Safety News
Friendswood Police Department
News Release
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Prescription Drug Disposal Program a Big Success

Residents of Friendswood, League City and other Galveston County area communities lined up Saturday, April 30th to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, Prescription Drug Advisory Committee, associated with the Clear Creek Independent School District, hosted its second prescription drug disposal program in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The program was established so that residents could drive up and drop off any expired, unwanted or unused prescription medications, no questions asked. The program was intended to ensure proper disposal of the medications and keep  hem out of the reach of youth and abusers.

Participating members of the committee are from the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, UTMB / Southeast Texas Poison Center, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the Texas Attorney General's Office, Walgreen's, the Family Service Center of Galveston County, a local dentist, a local
physician and the Friendswood Police Department.

Committee members were advised May 4th, that they had collected more unused medications than any other location. The 305 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs were collected by members of the committee and volunteers at the UTMB facility on I-45 and FM 646- one of the 29 sites in the greater Houston area. The pills were then incinerated instead of falling into the wrong hands or getting flushed into the water supply. The committee's next prescription drug take back program is scheduled for sometime in the fall.



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