Port Lavaca PD partners with DEA for Take-Back Day
By by Dianna Wray
Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:21 a.m.
Updated Sept. 22, 2010 at 4:22 a.m.
PORT LAVACA - Old prescription bottles may look benign sitting in the medicine cabinet, but Port Lavaca Chief of Police John Stewart sees the danger.
The illicit use of prescription drugs is a nationwide issue, Stewart said, and this is why the Port Lavaca Police Department is partnering with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in National Take-Back Day.
"Medicine cabinets are full of different, pretty-colored drugs and there's the risk of accidental poisoning, accidental overdose. Expired drugs may not do what they were originally intended for. There are all kinds of things that can happen," Stewart said.
Residents may drop off expired or excess prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the Port Lavaca Police Station, one of more than 2,700 locations nationwide.
Stewart said residents should avoid disposing of medication themselves, such as flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away.
Residents can drop their prescriptions in boxes located in the police station lobby, no questions asked, Stewart said. The priority is to get unnecessary medication collected and properly disposed of.
After the prescriptions are collected on Saturday, the DEA will take the drugs and dispose of them properly, Stewart said.
It's important for people to participate and find ways to lawfully get rid of these things, Stewart said, because there's always the risk of the wrong people getting their hands on prescription medications.
"A lot of people, especially the elderly, have a lot of medication lying around, and there's always the opportunity to take a few pills," Stewart said. "We've had kids show up to middle school with whole bags full of them."