April 19, 2017
DEA and CFISD police representatives help load boxes of drugs onto a truck during a Take Back Day event in April 2016. The CFPD will again serve as a Take Back Day drop-off site on April 29.
April 19, 2017—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 April 29 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 in April 2016.
The CFISD police station first served as a Take Back Day site in 2016, collecting approximately 35 combined boxes of prescription drugs to be disposed of during the April 30 and Oct. 22 collection dates.
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 in April 2016.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website.