‘Free and anonymous’: Dispose of expired, unwanted drugs as part of ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative’

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KATY, Texas – The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will allow the public to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications on Saturday.

According to the DEA, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. Needles or sharp objects will not be accepted, and any liquids must be in prescribed containers.

“Last year, Katy ISD collected 385 pounds of expired and/or unused prescription drugs. We want to remind the community that this service is free and anonymous with no questions asked of those individuals who decide to participate,” said Katy ISD Police Chief Henry Gaw. “We encourage the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road, Katy, TX  77449.

Collection efforts will take place in the lobby of the police department where residents can safely drop off unwanted medications. Through the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, the DEA and its partners across the country have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unused prescription medications.

Click here for a list of drop-off locations and more information.