The Greenville Police Department will be participating in the 17th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration once again.

It will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Greenville Police Department, located at 3000 Lee Street in Greenville, Texas.

This community-oriented program is aimed at keeping everyone in our community safer by helping prevent prescription drug abuse, accidental overdoses, or illegal distribution of the prescriptions drugs. The program offers a safe and effective way for anyone in our community to dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Medications flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain contaminate the drinking water. Medications thrown into the trash contaminate the land.

The prescription medications collected at the National Prescription Drug Take-Back events are used to produce energy at highly effective eco-friendly burning power plants across the Nation which do not emit harmful chemicals into the air. These power plants supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of communities, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods.

Our community’s participation in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program addresses a vital mission to keep our community safer and stretches well beyond our city limits. You can save the life of someone and prevent these prescriptions from getting into the wrong hands just by stopping by and dropping off any prescription medicines you no longer need or want. This program is a FREE service and anonymous to everyone, no questions asked.

The City of Greenville has been participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the last several years. The program has been very successful because of the support from everyone in our community.

For example, our community’s participation in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back events held at the City of Greenville Police Department on April 28, 2018, and October 27, 2018, helped lead to the collection of more than 930 tons of prescription medications Nationally. The City of Greenville collection site made up one of more than 11,000 across our county and added to nearly 250 pounds of prescription medications to that total.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue …. Medicines that are left in home medicine cabinets that are highly susceptible to addition, theft, misuse, and abuse are dangerous. The 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.

For more information about the National Prescription Take Back Day event on April 27, 2019, contact Task Force Officer W. Russell with the Greenville Police Department at (214) 869-9022 or Google – DEA Drug Take-Back Day 2019 to find a collection site near you.

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