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Citizens who have excess or outdated prescription drugs may turn them in to Taylor Police on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday, April 28, 2018. Officers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect the unused medications. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a public safety and health issue to make citizens aware that medicines which are stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Many do not know how to properly dispose of excess medications and believe they can throw them down toilets, which can create potential safety and health hazards.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. 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.
As a reminder, no sharps, such as needles, will be accepted.
Coffee With a Cop
Plan to attend the quarterly Coffee With a Cop event and talk informally with Taylor Police Officers and staff on Wednesday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Fourth Street Grind.
For more information, please contact 512-352-5448.