More Than 1,200 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected

Arlington police say residents turned in nearly 1300 pounds of prescription medications during the annual Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Drug Take-Back Initiative.

Arlington police said Tuesday that last month’s take-back netted exactly 1278 pounds—the city’s largest since the DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative began.  This was a 78% increase in total boxes collected and an 86% increase in total pounds collected during the April 2012 event.

Residents gave up unwanted or expired medications, which officials said it will help prevent abuse and theft and reduce water pollution by having the medications safely disposed of.

Here are the APD results for the April 2013 and April 2012 DEA Drug Take Back Initiatives.

NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK INITIATIVE
APRIL 2013
DATE DISTRICT # BOXES FILLED WEIGHT
APR. 2013 North 12 273 lbs
East 5 97 lbs
* West 24 539 lbs
South 16 369 lbs
Total 57 1,278 lbs
* West location: Walgreen’s Pharmacy 4400 W. Green Oaks Blvd.
NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK INITIATIVE
APRIL 2012
DATE DISTRICT # BOXES FILLED WEIGHT
APR. 2012 North 12 208 lbs
East 3 63 lbs
* West 11 295 lbs
South 6 120 lbs
Total 32 686 lbs