If you have pills left in your medicine cabinet, don’t keep them. The Plano Police Department is hosting a drug take-back initiative this month.
On October 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate a nationwide program, in partnership with state and local law enforcement. The goal of this initiative is to remove potentially hazardous controlled substances from homes across the country and will provide a safe area to return expired, unused or unwanted controlled pharmaceutical substances.
According to the DEA, “Too often, unused prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands. It is dangerous and often tragic. That’s why it was great to see thousands of people across the country cleaning out their medicine cabinets and handing over — safely and anonymously — record amounts of prescription drugs.
The initiative aims to prevent the increase in the problem of drug abuse and theft of pills. Not only will the day be dedicated to prevention, but it will also raise awareness about the abuse of pharmaceutical substances. In April 2022, the department collected approximately 1,800 pounds of medicine at the spring event.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the police department will host drop-off stations at Plano High School, Clark High School, Plano East High School and Plano West High School.
A press release from the Plano Police Department explains that the program will remain free and anonymous for those who wish to dispose of their unused pills. Prescription and over-the-counter medications in solid dosages will be accepted, but not intravenous solutions, inhalers, injectables and needles. Illegal substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines will also not be taken.
“Many Americans don’t know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health risks,” Plano police said.
To learn more about the initiative or to find a drop-off location near you, visit the DEA’s website.