NEW CANEY, TX − East County residents looking to dispose of unwanted prescription medications and unwanted narcotics will have a safe and secure method available to them this month.
The “Medication Take Back” event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the East Montgomery County Courthouse, located at 21130 U.S. 59 in New Caney. Residents are encouraged to drop off expired and unneeded prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and unwanted drugs and narcotics.
“This is safe way to get rid of prescription medications and drugs,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark. “No questions will be asked and no one will be examining packages or recording information about who is dropping anything off.”
The program is a coordinated effort which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the office of Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden and the office of Commissioner Clark have sponsored.
“Getting rid of expired, out of date or unwanted prescription medication is an important step in reducing potential poisoning and illegal drug use among teens,” according to Investigator Eric Prado, serving with the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.
“Improper use of home medications is the number one narcotic problem we face in Montgomery County,” he said. “Kids take and share prescription drugs they get from the homes of family and friends. People need to control their meds − and get rid of them when they are no longer needed.”
“Throwing old medications and drugs down the toilet or in a ditch may seem like a simple solution, but neither is a good place for such substances,” according to Prado.
“Even out of date, drugs can remain potent,” he said. “Drugs can seep into the watershed and make their way into the groundwater. It’s a health situation that can be avoided by proper disposal.”
Prescription meds and drugs can be placed in any small container and dropped off at the drive- through “Medication Take Back” event. For the safety of staff members, no needles or sharp objects should be dropped off.
“Dropped off materials will be secured and then destroyed by representatives of the DEA”, said Prado.
“We’re pleased to have this safe, convenient drive-through event to help area residents get rid of unwanted prescription meds and drugs,” said Clark.