The 14th National Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take Back Day takes place twice a year and is dedicated to providing a safe, easy, discrete and educational way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication to help prevent substance abuse within the community.
Our local Police Department in La Grulla will be participating in this event: Saturday October 28th 2017 10:00am-2:00pm, La Grulla Police Department, 194 S. FM 2360 La Grulla
Improper disposal of prescribed drugs can lead to illegal use of drugs and access for youth. Additionally, flushing prescribed drugs down the toilet to dispose of the medications could contaminate the water.
Our nation currently has an opioid crisis, which means that proper disposal is even more crucial. The consequences of prescription drug abuse can include death, illness, violence, crime, health problems and academic failure.In the 2016 Texas School Survey, one in 10 students in grades seven through 12 reported using prescription medications for recreational purposes. In addition, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that seven out of 10 people over age 12 who misuse prescription medications get them from friends or family members. Sometimes, misusers steal the medication from the medicine cabinets at home.
During the National Take Back Day, there are no questions asked about the medications being disposed. No personal information is given. Simply drop
off your unused or expired medication. During the April Take Back event there was approximately 5,000 pounds of drugs collected in the Rio Grande Valley.
For more information on prescription medication misuse, or any other drug use, please contact Starr County Community Coalition at (956) 716-1795. Starr County Community Coalition’s role is to organize, educate, and implement activities that empower citizen to take action to prevent substance abuse among community youth and strengthen collaboration by supporting the local drug prevention, intervention, and treatment infrastructure.