Turn in unused medications to local police, federal agents on Saturday

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.

POLITICS OF PAIN SERIES FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, a pharmacy technician poses for a picture with hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, also known as Vicodin, at the Oklahoma Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla. Federal health regulators will bolster warning labels on the most widely used prescription painkillers, part of a multi-pronged federal effort to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet, the FDA announced Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File

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

  • 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.

80-year-old woman found after reported missing in Jacob’s Well Park in Wimberley

From the Hays County Sheriff’s office:

Criselida Alvizu
Photo contributed by Hays County Sheriff’s Office

7:15 a.m. update: The Hays County Sheriff’s Office was flagged down by a motorist in the area of Persimmon and Mesquite roads. The motorist advised they observed a person who appeared to be in distress in the wooded area adjacent to the roadway. Personnel responded and located missing person. Criselida Alvizu is being transported to an area hospital. She has no obvious signs of injury or trauma but will be evaluated and treated for dehydration.

Earlier: The Hays County Sheriff’s Office received a call on June 27, 2016 at approximately 8 p.m. for a missing person in the Jacob’s Well Park (Jacob’s Well Natural Area) off of Mt. Sharp Road in Wimberley, Texas.

The missing person has been identified as Criselida Alvizu, a white female, born Sept. 20, 1935. Alvizu and her family were visiting the area from Donna, Texas. She left the family and followed a trail back to their vehicle due to her slower gait and not wanting to make them wait for her. They followed a few minutes later. Upon the family’s arrival to the vehicle, they discovered she had not yet arrived. They immediately began looking for her and notified park employees who began a search. Search crews were mobilized and have been looking for her throughout the night. The search has included K-9 units, air support, Texas Search and Rescue, Wimberley Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office personnel. The search is continuing.

She was last seen wearing a black and white leopard print top, black capri pants and water shoes.

She is not carrying a phone or identification.

If you have any information or have seen Alvizu, please contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896. It is believed due to her age and her medical concerns she is in grave or immediate danger.

 

Kyle police accuse two teens with burglarizing vehicles in Plum Creek

From the City of Kyle:

Kyle, TX – Kyle Police arrested two individuals early yesterday morning for burglary of a vehicle in the Plum Creek neighborhood.

Deric Christenson Muñoz, 19, and Jacob Mendiola, 18, were arrested after police sought a search warrant for their involvement in stealing items from vehicles in Plum Creek. Mendiola was also charged with DWI. Both are from Buda. Muñoz was also arrested on June 11 for public intoxication in Plum Creek.

Stolen items from June 13 include an iPhone and a Guitar.

KPD Chief Jeff Barnett said, “Video evidence showed two male subjects entering the homeowner’s vehicle. Our officers identified one of the subjects as Deric Christenson Muñoz, who was arrested a few days earlier.”

Barnett said these latest arrests present another opportunity to remind Kyle residents to lock their vehicles, garage doors and homes at all times.

“These burglars look for easy targets, such as vehicles that are unlocked or where they see items of potential value within easy reach,” he said. “We will continue to catch those who do wrong, however everyone can play a part in minimizing their opportunity.”

Barnett said KPD officers have increased their patrols in neighborhoods over the past several months. He complimented the overnight shift that he said was instrumental in making the arrests of Muñoz and Mendiola on June 13.

He added his thanks to community residents for their continued vigilance and for calling in tips and information. Barnett encouraged Kyle-ites to call police if they see any suspicious activity. The non-emergency number, which is staffed 24 hours a day, is 512-262-3232.

“Always call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency,” he said.