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Cypress Police Department hosting collection site for Drug Take Back Day

The Cypress Police Department is hosting a collection site set up for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day in the department parking lot where residents can safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs on October 23rd, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

If you don’t properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one.

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  • Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available:

  • Take the meds out of their bottles
  • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
  • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.

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This article was released by the City of Cypress.