Drug Take-Back Day on April 27

April 26th, 2013 by Keith Hutchinson

To help protect the water supply and reduce household risks, bring unwanted medications to a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 in Georgetown. Drugs that are expired or no longer needed will be collected—no questions asked—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legacy Hills Pavilion at 200 Del Webb Boulevard in the Sun City Texas neighborhood in Georgetown.

One goal of the free collection of unwanted medications is to keep them from being poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet. Pharmaceuticals that are put in our wastewater system can affect water quality in our creeks, rivers, and lakes.

Removing unwanted medications from your home also reduces risks of accidental overdose by children or visitors in your home.

The Take-Back Day is part of a nation-wide effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the risk of unwanted medications in our homes. Local partners in the Drug Take-Back Day include the East View High School Criminal Justice Club, Georgetown Police Department, LifeSteps: Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Sun City Community Association, Williamson County Crime Stoppers, and the Williamson County Medical Reserve Corps.

Medications that are dropped off should be in their original containers, if possible. Drugs brought to the drop-off may include expired or unwanted prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, drugs prescribed for pets, medicines from deceased family members, or unknown tablets and capsules. Items not accepted include mercury thermometers, IV bags, personal care products, and medical equipment.

The collection is for individual households. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or other institutions or businesses. For more information, call 1-800-882-9539 or visit www.dea.gov.

See below for a map to the drop-off location at the Legacy Hills Pavilion, 200 Del Webb Boulevard in the Sun City Texas neighborhood in Georgetown.

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