GETTING RID OF THE UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION PILLS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

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On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, Pct. 4 Commissioner’s
Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six 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 East County Court Annex at 21130 Hwy 59 New Caney, TX
77357. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and
anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000
sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its
10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750
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. Studies show
that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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 throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and
health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, visit
facebook.com/mcconstablepct4.
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Source:
Sgt. Jim Slack #8408
Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 4
Public Information Officer/Community Resource