Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Dickinson Police Department is
partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public
the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused,
and unwanted prescription drugs.
any pills for disposal to the parking lot of the Dickinson Police Station at
4000 Liggio, Dickinson, Texas. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or
sharps, so ONLY pills or patches will be accepted. The service is free and
anonymous, no questions asked.
October, Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at
almost 5,321 sites operated by the DEA in conjunction with more than 4,274 of
its state and local law enforcement partners.
initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines
that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, 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 that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and
friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are
now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—
flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential
safety and health hazards.
Criminal Investigation Division
Sergeant / Public Information Officer
Dickinson Police Department