Drug overdose deaths are the #1 cause of accidental death in the U.S. (surpassing car accidents). In 2011, 22% of high school students in Dallas County reported using a prescription drug without a prescription from a doctor. The most common source of these drugs is from the medicine cabinet in their own home or at a friend or family member’s home.
The Take Back is an opportunity for the community to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription (and over the counter) medications. Disposal is free and anonymous. This national event is coordinated through the Drug Enforcement Agency to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic and get these drugs out of circulation so that they cannot be abused.
Nearby locations are DPD Northeast Patrol at 9915 E. Northwest Highway and DFR Station #19 at 5600 East Grand Avenue.