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BCSO commended for 'Take Back Initiative'

Special to the Courier

Law enforcement officers with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office recently received a commendation from the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Houston for their participation in the National Take Back Initiative held April 28.

Sponsored by the DEA, this fourth initiative resulted in the collection and destruction of 276 tons of unwanted, unused and expired medications across the nation.

"With the assistance of your department, the DEA Houston Division established 117 collection sites amassing 20,294 pounds of medications throughout the Houston Division's area of responsibility," Javier F. Pena, DEA special agent in charge, wrote in a letter dated Tuesday, June 5.

According to Pena, the program's success was directly attributed to the assistance provided by state and local law enforcement entities and community leaders.

"Your department played an integral role in this very important initiative," Pena wrote. "We thank you for your support and look forward to future partnerships with your department."

April's National Take Back Initiative gave the Bandera community an option for the disposal medications in a safe and nonhazardous manner. This prevented the medications from illegal distribution within the community, leading to potential abuse. The initiative also prevented the prescription medication from being discarded in a way that might adversely affect the environment.