Arissa Viering | Goodday Mineral Wells | 10/27/2020 | Mineral Wells Police Department Updates | Health Updates
MINERAL WELLS, TX – It’s a common question: what do I do with my unused medications? Unfortunately, medications are dumped down drains, flushed down toilets, or thrown away. All of these routes are incorrect methods for disposing of medications. The Centers for Disease Control states, “The best and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your prescription medicine is through a drug take-back program. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically provides drug disposal sites in communities across the nation. The DEA also has permanent drug disposal sites in certain pharmacies or hospitals.”
Luckily, the Mineral Wells Police Department hosts a great program to dispose of any unused/unwanted medications properly. The Mineral Wells Police Department states the following:
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands which leads to dangerous and often tragic outcomes. Last Saturday was the 2020 DEA Drug Take-Back event, but you can make a difference any day by clearing out your medicine cabinet of expired or unused prescription medicine by dropping them in the collection bin located at The Mineral Wells City Hall building. All you have to do is walk in and drop them in the bin, no other steps required. The red collection bin is located in the City Hall lobby at 211 SW First Avenue near the Water Department pay window. This bin is available to the public Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm (excluding holidays). Since January 2020, the MWPD has collected over 280 pounds of unused or expired medication at our collection bin. The medicines collected at our site are then sent to be destroyed by the DEA Diversion Control Division. Thank you for your help and participation!”
Participation in the community drug take-back program is highly encouraged by the Mineral Wells Police Department. Thank you for helping to keep Mineral Wells a safe place!
Former Co-Founder | June 2020-Nov 2020 | Graduate of Texas Christian University with a background in medical anthropology, psychology, and creative writing. Passionate about writing novels. Loved the Mineral Wells community and all that it had offered her and her family.