On Saturday, October 26, the Travis County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the DEA, will be sponsoring a prescription drug take back day. The event will take place from 2 pm to 10 pm at the Travis County Community Center, 8656 Highway 71 W in Oak Hill.
This is part of a coordinated nationwide event that is designed to get unwanted prescription drugs out of homes, landfills and sewage treatment facilities. It is the seventh time in three years that the two agencies have partnered in this effort. The service is free and anonymous and includes expired and unwanted prescription drugs. Why is this important? Many drugs left unused in medicine cabinets make their way into the hands of abusers and, in the case of unsecured containers, into the mouths of unsuspecting children. Another portion of the problem is environmental. Drugs that are flushed down the toilet can cause problems for waste water treatment facilities and those tossed in the trash end up in landfills. Both actions can cause health and safety issues.
Last spring, over 742,000 pounds of these drugs were turned in at over 5,800 sites around the country. This program is part of an effort by the DEA to implement an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act. The amendment, known as the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 allows the "ultimate user" of the controlled substance to dispose of these items by delivering them to agencies that are authorized by the Attorney General. There are also provisions for long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, to responsibly dispose of patients' unused medications under specific circumstances.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day not only provides a safe, convenient place to dispose of these surplus drugs but it also serves as a means to educate the public about the potential for substance abuse. It is also an excellent way to raise awareness about the harmful environmental impact of the improper disposal of these medications. The event in Oak Hill is a joint presentation of the DEA, the Travis County Sheriff's Department and the Travis County Department of Transportation and Natural Resources. For more information about our local event please contact Shaun Auckland at email@example.com. For other Take-Back locations around the country you can go to http:/www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml.