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Residents ready for drug take-back in September

Special to the Courier

Chief Deputy Matt King of the Bandera County Sheriff's Office has announced that the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 26. Residents are urged to bring their medications for disposal.
Bandera County law enforcement authorities will participate in the program with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. This twice-yearly collection gives local residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This is the 10th drug take-back program in the last six years.
The service is free and anonymous - no questions will be asked. The only items not be accepted will be "sharps," which are defined as needles, scalpels or other articles that could cause wounds or punctures.
During last year's take-back program, just over 180 pounds of prescription medications were collected.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, collection stations will be set up at:
• Lakehills Library 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills
• Bandera City Hall 511 Main Street in Bandera
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day not only provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, but also educates the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allows the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposing of controlled-substance medications.