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Dickinson PD participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Dickinson Police Dept

On 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.

 

Bring 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.

 

Last 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.

 

This 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.

  

Tim J. Cromie
Sergeant / Public Information Officer

Criminal Investigation Division
Dickinson Police Department