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Biannual 'Drug Take Back' program announced

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County residents will soon have a chance to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers during the biannual Drug Take Back program. Sponsored by local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this fall's event will take place from 10 am until 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 27.
This is the ninth time in five years that the public will be given an opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Residents are urged to bring their prescription medications to the designated locations for disposal. This service is free and anonymous and "no questions will be asked," according to law enforcement personnel. However, so-called "sharps," which includes needles, scalpels, or other items that could cause wounds or punctures, will not be accepted.
Drug Take Back facilities will be available at Bandera City Hall, 511 Main Street, in Bandera, and at the Lakehills Area Library, 7200 FM 1283, in Lakehills.
In addition to educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.
The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, allows the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposing of unused prescription medications and controlled-substance medications.
Additionally, on Monday, Sept. 8, DEA administrative personnel issued a final rule necessary to expand the prescription drug take-back programs. United States Senators John Cornyn and Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota authored the bipartisan law.
The new law expands options for individuals as well as long-term care facilities, and promotes the development and expansion of prescription drug take-back programs.
"Too many Americans lose their lives each year to prescription drug abuse and overdose. I'm pleased to see our bipartisan law is being implemented to give Americans across the country greater options to dispose of unused prescription drugs in a safe and effective manner," Cornyn said. "This is an important step as we work to curb alarming levels of prescription drug abuse."
"Prescription drug abuse has reached crisis levels, and today's action is a huge step forward in reversing this deadly trend," Klobuchar added. "This law will now give families new options to get rid of leftover pills before they fall into the wrong hands and fuel abuse."