Burleson Police Department to hold ‘drug take-back’ April 28
It’s not unusual to have old prescription drugs hiding out in your medicine cabinet, but with the opioid epidemic on the rise, BPD is encouraging residents to stop by their annual drug take-back day on April 28 to get rid of those unneeded drugs off.
The take-back program is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Burleson police have been participating in the program since 2012. Since the inception of the initiative, BPD has collected 5,501.6 pounds of medication. Officer Bob Sherman helps with the take back each year.
“We don’t look at what people drop off,” Sherman said. “We have boxes that they drop off stuff right into and once that box is full, we seal it and send it to the DEA to be incinerated.”
Because of the method used to destroy the drugs, officers cannot accept needles or aerosol containers. They are also not allowed to take any street drugs.
“This is purely for prescription and over the counter drugs,” Sherman said. “This year, Starbucks will be providing coffee and pastries and our citizens on patrol will also be helping out.”
BPD also has a drug take-back box in their lobby that is available for use year-round. Benefits to dropping off your unused medications in a drug box mean less medication in water sources and landfills. Additionally, Sherman said, if you have a prescription pain medicine you are no longer taking, it’s better to get it out of your house.
“There have been break-ins and burglaries where someone has stolen prescription pain meds and then those wind up on the street,” he said. “A family member could accidentally take the medication. There are a lot of reasons to get them out of the house. Basically, it’s to control the access to it.”
The drug box has collected a total of 1,750.57 pounds of drugs since 2016. However, if people can safely store their medications until the drug take-back, he encourages them to do so, as the drug box program costs money to participate in.
“We’ve spent about $7,000 on the program itself,” Sherman said. “We’ve had people come in with shopping bags full of stuff and drop them off in the drop box. It’s really made for smaller quantities.”
The drug take-back day will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Burleson Police Department on April 28. For more information, visit https://www.burlesontx.com/1590/Drug-Take-Back-Program.