Dispose Of Unneeded Prescription Drugs This Weekend


[Corpus Christi, TX] – On Saturday, October 27 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 474 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA, along with local police departments, fire stations and businesses will set up collection sites at the following locations:

Corpus Christi Fire Station 7 – 3722 S. Staples St.,
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Corpus Christi Fire Station 14 – 5901 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78413

Corpus Christi Fire Station 13 – 1802 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78418

KIII TV Station – 5002 SPID, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Alice PD 415 E. Main, Alice, Texas 78332

Kingsville Chamber of Commerce – 635 E. King Ave, Kingsville, Texas 78363

Texas A&M (College of Pharmacy) – 1010 West Avenue B. (MSC 131) Kingsville, Texas 78363

Collection sites across the nation can be found by going to http://www.dea.gov. This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations.