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BPD’s Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday at Trade Days pavilion

BPD’s Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday at Trade Days pavilion
April 23
09:46 2021

On Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Breckenridge Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Area residents are encouraged to take their old pills for disposal to Breckenridge Trade Days pavilion at 503 E. Hullum. The Take-Back program cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

If you are unable to take your old prescription medications to the Take Back event on Saturday, you may take them to the BPD in the lobby of the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center, 210 E. Dyer St. There is a box there that you may drop your unwanted prescription drugs into. It is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This month’s event is DEA’s 20th nationwide event since its inception in 2010. The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 7,000 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications and other items over the past 11 years.

The 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 United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact Breckenridge Police Department at 254-559-2211.

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge Police Chief Bacel Cantrell and officer Cheyenne Ramirez accepted unwanted prescription drugs last October. The DEA and local law enforcement partners around the country offer Drug Take Back days twice a year, in April and October. This year’s first event will be Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trade Days pavilion. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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