From the Austin Police Department:
The Drug Enforcement Agency reprises one of its most popular community programs this weekend: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide, operated by 3,800 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.
America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. More than 6 million Americans age 12 and over — 2.4 percent of the population — abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Last April, during its 11th Take Back Day, the DEA and over 4,200 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites. Since the program began six years ago, about 6.4 million pounds (about 3,200 tons) of drugs have been collected. That’s more than a quarter pound of pills for each of the 25 million children aged 12 to 17 in America, pills that won’t result in abuse or overdose.
The DEA Austin office, along with the local law enforcement and community coalitions will set up collection sites at the following locations:
- Austin High School – 1715 West Cesar Chavez, Austin
- Barton Creek Square Mall (parking lot) – 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin
- Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 2514 Center Dr, Austin
- Planetshakers Austin Church – 1101 Reinli, Austin
- Travis County Constable – Precinct 2 – 10409 Burnet Road, Austin
- Travis County Constable – Precinct 5 – 1003 Guadalupe Street, Austin
Other Central Texas locations
- Buda Police Department – 100 Houston Street, Buda
- Burnet County Courthouse – 220 South Pierce Street, Burnet
- Cedar Park Police Department – 911 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
- Elgin Police Department – 202 Depot Street, Elgin
- Jonestown Police Department – 18304 North Park Dr, Jonestown
- Lakeway Police Department – 104 Cross Creek, Lakeway
- Lampasas Police Department – 301 East 4th Street, Lampasas
- Leander Police Department – 705 Leander Drive, Leander
- Legacy Hills Park Pavillion – 200 Del Webb Blvd., Georgetown
- Liberty Hill Police Department – 2801 Ranch Road 1869, Liberty Hill
- Manor Police Department – 402 West Parsons Street, Manor
- Marble Falls Police Department – 209 Main Street, Marble Falls
- Round Rock Police Department – 2701 North Mays, Round Rock
- Smithville City Hall – 317 Main Street, Smithville
- Taylor City Hall – 400 Porter, Taylor
- Tractor Supply Company – 441 Texas 71, Bastrop
- Williamson County Sheriff’s Office – 508 South Rock Street, Georgetown
Collection sites across the nation can be found by going to http://www.dea.gov. This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations.