City of Arlington Hosts Successful Drug Take-Back Event

Arlington residents recently took time out of their weekends to properly dispose of expired or unused medications and helped create the most successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day ever.

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced last week that the April 29 national drug take-back event brought in 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicine across the U.S., or about 447 tons. It was more than any of the previous 10 events held since 2010. The event allows residents to drop off unused or expired medication for the DEA to destroy

Locally, the April 29 drug take-back sponsored by the Arlington Police Department and Arlington Water Utilities collected 2,949 pounds of unused or expired medications at three police stations and one Walgreen’s location. The total was more than any other DFW city taking part in the event.

In a press release from the DEA, Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said the national results “show that more Americans than ever are taking the important step of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and making homes safe from potential prescription drug abuse or theft.”

Unused or expired medications also pose a danger to children, who may discover them discarded in a trash can or left in a cabinet. Proper disposal of medications also keeps them out of Arlington’s wastewater system.

Arlington typically conducts prescription drug takeback events in coordination with national DEA events in the spring and fall. Residents are notified through their utility bills.

To learn more about properly disposing of medications, visit http://www.arlington-tx.gov/recycle/garbage-disposal-pharmaceuticals/.

 

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Jessica Preston
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I didnt until getting my Twitter account recently know they even had a disposal of medications. I personally think that is awesome. Just like the article says, “Unused or expired medications also pose a danger to children, who may discover them discarded in a trash can or left in a cabinet. Proper disposal of medications also keeps them out of Arlington’s wastewater system.” That is wonderful way of helping the community. Thank u Arlington for your services.

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