Aledo P.D. to take part in pill disposal program

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

OnApril 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Aledo Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Aledo Police Department (north side of building) at 200 NE 2nd Street in Aledo

Pills, patches, tablets, capsules in consumer containers, and small bottles of cough syrupswill be accepted. Depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

The DEAcannot acceptliquids or needles or sharps. Intravenous IV solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to a potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Inhalers and other compressed air cylinders will not be accepted.

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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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 — pose potential safety and health hazards.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.