Carrollton Participates in Nationwide Drug Disposal Event
The City of Carrollton will join with Lewisville ISD for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be two drop-off locations available: Carrollton Police Station (2025 E. Jackson Road) and Hebron Valley Elementary School (4108 Creek Valley Boulevard).
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) coordinates a one-day collaborative effort with local agencies to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from homes. The public will be able to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. No questions or requests for identification will be made.
Participants may dispose of medication in its original container. Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances will be collected. All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will also be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
Items that will not be accepted include inhaler medications as well as bulk quantity medications from pharmacies, veterinarians, or other medical organizations. The Hebron Valley Elementary location will accept sharps if they are secured in a sharp container or in a suitable substitute such as a detergent bottle. The Police Station drop-off location will not accept sharps.
Results from a 2015 national survey on drug use & health from the DEA showed that 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The survey also revealed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from their home medicine cabinet.
Prescription drug collection programs are considered the best way to dispose of old or unused drugs, per the DEA. Cleaning out medicine cabinets helps to minimize accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
Last October, 117 participating sites in the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas collected 30,338 pounds of prescription drugs, according to Jolene DeVito, public information manager for the Carrollton Police Department.
The Carrollton Police Department collected 31 boxes totaling 709 pounds, DeVito said. Collection numbers at Hebron Valley Elementary School totaled 225 pounds in October 2016 and increased to 356 pounds in 2017, based on LISD statistics.
If residents require additional means of drug disposal, there are several options available year-round including the drop box in the Carrollton Police Department jail lobby (2025 E. Jackson Road). Acceptable items include prescription medications, pills, patches, ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples, and pet medications. No needles or sharps are accepted at the PD jail drop box.
For more information on the many local resources available for medication disposal, including area pharmacies and FDA disposal recommendations, visit cityofcarrollton.com/drugdisposal.