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Parker County will participate in a nationwide effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. The Parker County Sheriff’s Office will work in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners in a “Take-Back” initiative, in which a designated deputy will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.
“The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked,” Fowler said. “And no identification will be required to participate in the program.”
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 129 Hogle Street in Weatherford will serve as a collection site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Many Americans are not aware that medicines which languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Residents may drop off unwanted or unused solid dosage pharmaceutical drugs for disposal and destruction.
Controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter substances may be brought to this event. No glass or liquid products, intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted. It is suggested that residents remove labels containing personal identifiers prior to dropping their prescriptions off.
“We’re pleased to participate in the program,” Fowler said. “We’re hoping the public will participate and bring in their old and unused prescriptions to deter local abuse and possibly prevent an unfortunate overdose.”
For more information, call the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.
Next to motor vehicle fatalities, drug overdose is the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Of all drugs abused, psychotherapeutic drugs are second to marijuana: 6.2 million Americans age 12 and older said they illicitly used prescription drugs at least once a month. The practice has claimed the lives of many celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.
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