Baylor Police Department Begins National Drug Take-Back Day Today
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2021) —The Baylor University Police Department (BUPD) will collect old and expired prescription drugs as part of a National Take-Back Day Saturday, April 24. Although the official collection day is on Saturday, BUPD will accept prescription drugs all week.
The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. The take-back day will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday at BUPD in the Speight Avenue Parking Garage, 1521 S. Fourth St.
"In the past, one of the options was to bury your prescription medications, and some people would even flush them down the toilet," said BUPD Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Curry. "Either way, these medications get into the runoff and wastewater systems and contaminates freshwater sources."
To decrease the environmental impact of prescription drugs, BUPD allows anyone from the Waco community to dispose of their unused medications during this week every semester.
Last October, BUPD collected approximately 75 pounds of old prescription medications and plans on topping that number this year.
The drug take-back week's goal is to make proper disposal of old prescription medications convenient for the community. BUPD works alongside the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) to encourage people to bring unused prescription medications to lower substance abuse risks.
According to the DEA website, in October 2020, out of 6174 collection sites across the nation, California led the nation with 1,136,841 pounds collected, with Texas in second with 1,069,406 pounds. The total weight of prescription drugs collected across the country was 13,684,848 pounds.
The prescription drugs will be collected in a locked box by BUPD and delivered to the DEA to be safely incinerated.
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