October 27, 2011
Oct. 27, 2011—Parents and community members in CFISD can take advantage of a day to properly dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The initiative, held during Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31), addresses the vital public safety and public health issue of prescription drug abuse. The DEA reports that more than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, while approximately 2,500 get high for the first time each day by using prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA collected more than 309 tons of pills during National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on Sept. 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011.
Several prescription drug collection sites in and near CFISD are available to residents:
Jersey Village Police Dept., 16401 Lakeview Dr., 77040
Harris Cty. Constables Office Pct. 4 - Cypresswood Annex, 6831 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379
Katy ISD Police Dept., 20370 Franz Road, Katy, 77449
Tomball Police Dept., 401 Market St., Tomball, 77375
Pct. 1 Constable's Office, HCC-Spring Branch commons area, 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, 77043
For more information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, please visit the DEA website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/