Event offers safe disposal of expired or unused medications
It's estimated that most households have 2-3 lbs. of expired or unused medications in them. If you want to keep your unwanted medications out of the hands of kids, off the streets and out of our waterways, you can dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 28.
The Pasadena Police Department, together with together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other community partners, will host a Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Summit (located at 1838 E. Sam Houston Pkwy – near the intersection of the Beltway and Red Bluff Road) on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At a similar event last fall, the Pasadena collection site received more than 414 lbs. of pills, and event organizers are hoping for an even bigger number this time. The service is anonymous, free and easy – all you have to do is pull up in your vehicle and drop off the medications you’d like to dispose of. It takes less than a minute, but participating in the event can have a big impact.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs is second most common form of drug abuse in the country; in fact, studies have shown that more Americans are abusing prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. And the DEA said that type of abuse makes many people drug dealers without them ever knowing it because teenagers most often get the medications from family and friends, with the home medicine cabinet serving as a primary source.
“Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse—and all too often they aren’t the last,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said. “That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.”
In addition to bringing national attention to the growing issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse, the Prescription Drug Take Back Day also ensures that these medications are disposed of properly, keeping them out of local bodies of water. Flushing prescription drugs down the toilet causes a release of the drugs into local bodies of water, affecting marine life and, as time goes by, impacting humans as well.
At the event, medications can be dropped off in their containers or emptied into one of the receptacles at the site. Everything will be kept completely anonymous, no questions asked, and blank labels will be available for anyone concerned about protecting their privacy. Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, like tablets and capsules, will be accepted. Intravenous materials and needles will not.
For more information or to search for collection sites, visit www.dea.gov.