National Take Back Initiative

Due to early election voting taking place at the Del Rio Civic Center, the unwanted prescription drug National Take Back Initiative, scheduled for Saturday, will be moved to the Del Rio Police Department, a spokesman for the event said Wednesday.

The initiative will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Drug Enforcement Administration holds this event twice a year, and Saturday will be the 20th opportunity in 10 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding the community and homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The DEA is encouraging Del Rioans to bring in medications and vaping devices for disposal, (except needles or sharps). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in 441.5 tons (882,919 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 18 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 12 million pounds — more than 6,300 tons — of medication.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, especially among opioids, 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 annually shows the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Other drop off locations in the area:

• Brackettville

Kinney County Sheriff’s Office, 109 North St. Brackettville, Texas 78832

• Uvalde

Tractor Supply 421 E Main St, Uvalde, Texas 78801