National Prescription Drug Take Back Week is October 24-28, 2011. During that week, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the VA Police will offer a collection site outside the main entrance of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to dispose of any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, free with no questions asked. The goal is to prevent these medications from falling into the hands of juveniles or criminals, or being flushed down toilets which harms our drinking water supply.
National Prescription Drug Take Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
For more information, contact the VA Police at 713-794-7106 or visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.