Drug Take Back Program
Next event is Saturday, October 26, 2019
The Burleson Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be hosted in the parking lot of the Burleson Police Department.
Residents may drop off unused, expired or unwanted medications, in both pill and liquid form, for safe disposal. This includes over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs. The Burleson Police Department and the Citizens on Patrol will be working this event.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Unused and discarded medications can be a potential risk for abuse or environmental contamination. As part of the Burleson Police Department's commitment to providing a safe community, a drug drop box is available in the lobby of the police department, 1161 SW Wilshire Blvd. This box is available to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to deposit unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Special arrangements can be made if you are unable to come to the police department during the hours listed above. For additional information about this program, please call Sgt. Wes Routson at 817-426-9947.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back events provide a way for patients, caregivers, and pet owners to dispose of controlled substance medications such as painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants like ADHD drugs instead of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.
To learn more about proper disposal of medicines – between Drug Take Back events – go to the EPA flyer, "How to dispose of medicines properly."
Proper disposal of medicines protects you by preventing poisoning of children and pets; deterring misuse by teenagers and adults; avoiding health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine, or a medicine that is too old to work well; and, keeping medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.
Disposing of Needles and Syringes
- Place needles and syringes in a hard plastic (ex: laundry detergent bottles) or metal container with a tightly secured lid. (The container should be labeled “Syringes,” “Sharps,” or “Needles.”)
- Keep the container out of the reach of children and pets.
- When the container is full, seal and reinforce its lid with heavy-duty tape.
- Dispose of the sealed container in the household trash. Learn more.