Carrollton Participates in Nationwide Drug Disposal Event this Weekend
The City of Carrollton will partner with Lewisville Independent School District (ISD) for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be two drop-off locations available: the 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 asked and no 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 containers.
Items that will not be accepted include sharps and inhaler medications, as well as bulk quantity medications from pharmacies, veterinarians, or other medical organizations.
Results from the most recent DEA national survey on drug use and health showed that 6.4 million Americans have abused controlled prescription drugs. The survey also revealed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family or friends, often from their home medicine cabinet.
According to the DEA, the number of deaths from overdoses has surpassed that of both motor vehicles and firearms and is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. There were nearly 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016 (approximately 174 per day), based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with more than 66 percent of those deaths involving opioids. The CDC’s preliminary data for 2017 estimates more than 74,000 drug overdose deaths, an increase of 15.6 percent.
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. A total of 1,065 pounds was collected at Carrollton’s two drop-off sites.
In April 2018, the number increased to 1,275 pounds. The Carrollton Police Department (CPD) collected 35 boxes totaling 738 pounds. Collection numbers at Hebron Valley Elementary School totaled 537 pounds, an increase from 356 pounds in 2017.
If residents require additional means of drug disposal, there are several options available year-round including the drop box in the CPD jail lobby. 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.
As part of Carrollton’s residential solid waste services, Waste Management has a home collection service for no additional cost. To arrange a pickup for sharps and many types of unwanted potentially hazardous and hard-to-recycle items from your home, call Waste Management's At Your Door Special Collection service at 1-800-449-7587 or visit wmatyourdoor.com/residential. Verbal instructions will be provided and a collection kit with a ruggedized bag will be sent prior to your scheduled pickup.
In addition, sharps can be placed in a rigid plastic, puncture-resistant container. When the container is 3/4 full, put the lid on, seal it with duct tape, label DO NOT RECYCLE, and place it in the household trash. Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash.
For more information on the many local resources available for medication disposal, including area pharmacies and FDA disposal recommendations, visit cityofcarrollton.com/drugdisposal.