March 27, 2018
The KPD has released the following details about their upcoming Drug Take Back event.
“On April 28, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Kerrville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for safe disposal to the Kerrville Police Department located at 429 Sidney Baker. This is a free service provided to the public.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Prescription pills that languish inside home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The prescription drug abuse rate in the U.S is 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. Citizens are advised not to dispose of unused medicine by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. Both methods pose a potential safety and health hazard.
Citizens may turn in medication in its original container. Liquid products such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
Medications delivered by injection and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. The medications collected will be securely stored by the Kerrville Police Department and transferred to the DEA for safe disposal.
Last October, Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at 5,321 total collection sites. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events since September 2010, these events have altogether collected over 8.1 million pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact Officer Juan Trevizo, Program Coordinator, Kerrville Police Department 830-258-1371.”