DEA National RX Take Back Day
Kendall County Sheriff's Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 30th, 2022 at the Comfort Park & Ride
Comfort TX - On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kendall County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 20th opportunity in 9 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Comfort Park & Ride in the 500 blk of Hwy 27, Comfort, TX, across from the Turkey Ridge Trading Company. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (914,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds-more than 4,500 tons-of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throw them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.