THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (September 8, 2015) – On Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back drop-off location at The Woodlands Township Town Hall front parking lot at 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard, The Woodlands, Texas 77381. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, District 6, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will collect unwanted medications at the site for safe disposal by the DEA. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps at this event, only pills or patches. This is a free and anonymous service, medications will only be accepted during the event hours and may not be dropped off before or after the event.
Per a press release from the DEA, “The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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 at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many 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.”
“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”
In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.”
For more information about The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhoodwatch or call 281-210-3800. For further information about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back, please visit www.dea.gov.