Liberty PD is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

LIBERTY, October 13, 2016 - On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Liberty Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Liberty Police Department at 1906 Lakeland Drive, Liberty, Texas 77575.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website

Additional Collection Sites:

  • Beaumont Rogers Park- 1455 Dowlen Rd, Beaumont, Texas 77706
  • Cleveland PD- 226 Peach Street, Cleveland, Texas 77327
  • Jasper PD- 555 S Main Street. Jasper, Texas 75951
  • Lamar University PD- 211 Red Bird Lane, Beaumont, Texas 77710
  • Lumberton PD-120 East Chance Rd #A, Lumberton, Texas 77657
  • Port Arthur PD- 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77641
  • Orange PD- 201 8th Street, Orange, Texas 77630
  • Silsbee PD- 1104 North 5th Street, Silsbee, Texas 77656
  • Sour Lake PD- 625 Highway 105 West, Sour Lake, Texas 77659
 
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