South central Texas has joined over 3,400 sites nationwide to combat the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
On Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., government, community, public health and law enforcement partners across the United States collected potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.
The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Less than a month into the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign, over 3,400 sites nationwide have joined the effort that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov .
San Antonio area collection sites include:
Alamo Heights City Hall
Terrell Hills Police Department, City Hall
Wonderland of the Americas Mall, Parking Lot
St. Mary’s University, Police Department
Palo Alto College, Parking Lot #2
San Antonio Missions Baseball, Parking Lot at Wolff Stadium
Schertz Police Department, Municipal Complex
Comal County Sheriff’s Office
Boerne Police Department
Texas State University, Police Department
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