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Drug Take-Back day in Bandera County, Oct. 28


From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for safe disposal to one of two locations in Bandera County: The Lakehills Library at 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills, or in front of the Bandera County Courthouse.
This drug take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Prescription pills that languish inside home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The prescription drug abuse rate in the U.S is 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. Citizens are advised not to dispose of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. Both methods pose a potential safety and health hazard.
Citizens may turn in medication in its original container. Liquid products such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
Medications delivered by injection and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
The medications collected will be securely stored by the Bandera County Sheriff’s Department and transferred to the DEA for safe disposal.
Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons — that’s 900,386 pounds — of prescription drugs at 5,498 total collection sites around the country. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events since September 2010, these events have altogether collected over 8.1 million pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.