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District Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Katy ISD Police Department will join forces with members from the Houston Drug Enforcement Administration during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  This initiative will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Rd. Patrons may drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs for on-site destruction.

“We encourage all families to take a moment to look in their medicine cabinets and drop-off any unused prescription drugs,” said Katy ISD Police Sergeant Tom Donalson.  “This is an easy and anonymous service that could potentially save a life.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice DEA, prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates – 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

This event is the third of its kind.  To date Katy ISD Police Department sites have removed over 600 pounds of expired or unwanted dangerous drugs from the community.  For a complete listing of collection sites across the U.S., visit dea.gov.

For additional information, contact Katy ISD Sergeant Tom Donalson at 281-237-4000.

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