Bay Area Medication Take Back Day Results

Bay Area Medication Take Back Day Results
Posted on 11/09/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Bay Area Medication Take Back Day ResultsOn Saturday, October 28, the League City, Lakeview, Kemah, Friendswood, and Webster Police Departments and the Harris County Constable Precinct 8 set up to accept expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription medications and collected over 1,615 pounds of medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration once again partnered with local law enforcement to properly dispose of all medications collected. When added to previous local collection efforts coordinated by the Bay Area Alliance, the result is the collection of over 15,760 pounds of medications!


“This initiative is so important because it keeps these potentially dangerous medications out of the reach of children,” said Neil Treble, President of the Bay Area Alliance Executive Board. “It prevents abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings by youth as well as adults. We are thankful that these local law enforcement agencies have made it a priority to continue this project.”

Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that about 11.5 million people aged 12 or older misused prescription pain medications including 881,000 youth ages 12-17. According to Bay Area Alliance Coalition Manager, Amanda McLauchlin, “This effort encourages everyone to do their part in emptying these potentially hazardous drugs from their medicine cabinets.”

“We are pleased with the success of the Medication Take Back event held on October 28th. This was the first time Precinct 8 has hosted a Take Back site, and judging by the amount of medication collected, there is clearly a need in our community. Our location alone saw 222 vehicles pass through and 515 lbs of medication collected in a 4 hour period. We are looking forward to teaming up with the Bay Area Alliance for future Take Back events,” said Constable Phil Sandlin.

The next Take Back date will be set by the DEA for the spring of 2018.

For more information, please contact the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families at 281-284-0370 or go to www.ccisd.net/alliance.
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