Bay Area Medication Take Back Day set for April 25

By: Janice Scott, Clear Creek ISD
| Published 03/31/2015

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LEAGUE CITY, Texas - Saturday, April 25 from 10am to 2pm, the League City and Nassau Bay Police Departments will be set up to take back expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription medications. In contrast to the last few years, the Drug Enforcement Administration is no longer coordinating these national events. Therefore, it has become necessary for local law enforcement agencies to organize and pay for disposal. Previous local collection efforts coordinated by the Bay Area Alliance have resulted in the collection of nearly 8,500 pounds of medications. The locations on April 25, 2015 include: League City Police Department – 500 W. Walker, League City, TX Nassau Bay Police Department – 1800 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, TX “This initiative is so important because it keeps these potentially dangerous medications out of the reach of children,” said Clint deGroot, President of the Bay Area Alliance Executive Board. “It prevents abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings by youth as well as adults. We are thankful that these local law enforcement agencies have made it a priority to continue this project.” According to a 2011 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. According to Bay Area Alliance Coalition Manager, Amanda McLauchlin, “This effort encourages everyone to do their part in emptying these potentially hazardous drugs from their medicine cabinets.” Participants will just “drive through” the drop-off site at each facility where law enforcement will take medications for proper and secure off-site disposal. Please note that this entire process is completely anonymous and no identifying information other than zip code will be requested or noted. **Please note: No Sharps Will Be Collected!** For more information, please contact the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families at 281-284-0370.