Prescription drugs can create miracles, but they can also create problems. Yes, you’ve heard time and time again about the prescriptive drug abuse, but there’s another danger associated with them. Everything from that old bottle of painkillers you received five years ago when you had that root canal to the tranquilizers that a doctor prescribed a few months ago that you ended up not using spells trouble.
Just sitting on the shelf, they can become involved in abuse or theft. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
So, what to do? How about emptying them in the trash or down the toilet? Nope. Experts shudder at that thought — “both pose potential safety and health hazards.”
Here’s the solution: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, the Dallas Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold “Take Back” where they will accept “potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs” for disposal. Last April 276 tons of prescription drugs were turned in to 5,600 similar sites nationwide.
Admit it. You could use the room in the cabinet and it would be lovely to rid yourself of those no-longer-needed medications. So, grab a Zip-loc, empty that shelf and drive on over to the Northeast Patrol Division on E. Northwest Highway on September 29 and hand ‘em over. It’s a free service and no questions will be asked.