Friendswood PD reports successful drug disposal drive
The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families Prescription Drug Advisory Committee recently hosted its second prescription drug disposal program in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The program was established so that residents of Friendswood, League City and other Galveston County-area communities could drive up and drop off any expired, unwanted or unused prescription medications, with no questions asked. The intent is to ensure proper disposal of the medications and keep them out of the reach of youth and abusers.
The 305 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs collected was more than at any other location. The pills were incinerated instead of falling into the wrong hands or getting flushed into the water supply.
Participating members of the committee are from the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, UTMB/Southeast Texas Poison Center, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the Texas Attorney General's Office, Walgreens, the Family Service Center of Galveston County, a local dentist, a local physician and the Friendswood Police Department.
The committee's next prescription drug take-back program is scheduled for the fall.
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