Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs on April 29 at Victoria County Sheriff’s Office Medication Take Back Event
Victoria, TX – On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the City of Victoria Environmental Services Department and other local partners, will join the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to again give the public the opportunity to prevent medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Bring your pills, liquids, patches and powders for disposal to the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office at 101 N. Glass St. (The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps.) There will be a convenient drive-up, drop-off location on both sides of Glass Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Twice each year, Americans turn over 350 to 450 tons of drugs at over 4,000 collection sites nation-wide. When those results are combined over the life of this program through all previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds unused, unwanted medication.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines kept 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 — pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the local disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs on April 29, contact Lt. Thomas Eisman at 361-574-8026.