October 6, 2016
DEA and CFISD police representatives help load boxes of drugs onto a truck during a Take Back Day event on April 30. The CFPD will again serve as a Take Back Day drop-off site on Oct. 22.
Oct. 6, 2016—The CFISD police department station, located at 11200 Telge Road, will serve as a prescription drug drop-off site for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Take Back Day, scheduled for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The drive-through service in the station’s front parking lot is free and anonymous to the community. Take Back Day can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of the potentially dangerous prescriptions.
Alan Bragg, CFISD chief of police, stands beside the 22 boxes of prescription drugs to be disposed during Take Back Day at the police department on April 30.
The CFISD police station first served as a Take Back Day site on April 30, collecting 22 boxes to become one of the DEA’s largest collection points that day.
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.
Alan Bragg, CFISD chief of police, and Officer Melinda Wilson join DEA agents in collecting drugs for disposal at Take Back Day on April 30.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 22 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website.