The Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership (DADPP) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will collect unused and expired medicines to prevent pill abuse and theft from 10 a.,. to 2 p.m., October 28. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Timberglen Recreation Center, 3810 Timberglen Rd., Dallas
Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, 2951 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas
Woodrow Wilson High School, 100 S. Glasgow Dr., Dallas
Guzick Elementary, 5000 Berridge Ln., Dallas
Dallas Police Dept. North East Substation, 9915 Northwest Hwy., Dallas
Highland Park Police Dept., 4700 Drexel Dr., Highland Park
University Park Police Dept., 3800 University Blvd., University Park
Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd. Dallas
Farmers Branch Police Dept., 3723 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch
For more information, visit DrugFreeDallas.org.
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