More than 2,000 pounds of unused medication in Plano is now in a safe place.
Plano police officers were posted at the three senior high schools and Clark High School from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and collected 83 boxes, or 1,867 pounds, of unused, unwanted or expired drugs. Additionally, Collin County Constable Pct. 3 officials collected medications at the three Plano Sam’s locations. They collected a total of 245 pounds. The Collin County Sheriff’s Office collected 77 pounds.
Across North Texas residents disposed of 35,244 pounds of unused medication, about 7,000 pounds more than last year. The Flower Mound Police Department led the state with 2,265 pounds.
The goal of the DEA Drug Take Back Day is to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription medications, keeping them out of the hands of anyone who may misuse them. Additionally, proper disposal protects the environment by ensuring medications aren’t flushed in a toilet or drain or thrown in the trash.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, the majority of which were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Because the Take Back initiative allows anyone to turn in unwanted drugs with no questions asked, potentially dangerous and/or addictive drugs are taken out of circulation and disposed of safely and legally.
Chris Roark contributed to this report.