Williamson County – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take-Back Day campaign has been scheduled for April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free, safe and convenient way to dispose of controlled and over-the-counter expired and unused prescription drugs.
Prescription Take-Back Day initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, an estimated 2.1 million people struggle with an opioid use disorder. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Among people aged 12 and older who misused pain relievers, 53.7% reported taking the medications from family members and friends. In addition, the 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.
Given the impact on public health, it is critical to prevent opioid misuse from starting. LifeSteps Coalition supports the DEA Take-Back Day and the local law enforcement agencies who volunteer to host a drop-off site. While advocating for effective practices to address the problem, the Coalition purchased a permanent medication drop-box and, thanks to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, any County resident has a free and safe location to disposal of their medication year-round, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. In collaboration with Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team and other organizations, we provide overdose management, medication safety training, and distribution of Naloxone. This August, will be the fourth year LifeSteps will host the Williamson County Overdose Awareness Day. The event raises awareness and provides support to those who have lost a love one to an overdose. Educational materials are available to the public, in English and Spanish.
Be part of the solution: check your home medicine cabinet and look for medicines that you do not need or have expired. You can bring: prescriptions, over-the-counter and controlled medications for individuals in your household, including your pets. Needles and syringes, thermometers, IV bags, medical devices and hygiene products are not accepted.
Thanks to our local Police Departments and Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County has the following drop-off locations:
- GEORGETOWN: Legacy Hills Park Pavilion at 200 Dell Webb Blvd, Sun City and 3171 SE Inner Loop (WilCo Wireless Communications)
- ROUND ROCK: Round Rock Police Department, 2701 North Mays
- CEDAR PARK: Cedar Park Police Department, 911 Quest Parkway and
- LEANDER: Leander Police Department, 705 Leander Dr.
- TAYLOR: Taylor City Hall parking lot, 400 Porter