Residents get chance to dispose of drugs

RAYMONDVILLE — It’s time to stop drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

On Saturday, the Communities Against Drug Abuse, or CASA, will help residents safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

As part of a program with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, residents can dispose of prescription drugs at the Raymondville Police Department, 523 W. Hidalgo Ave., and the Lyford school district’s police department, 8204 Simon Gomez Road.

It’s free, residents can remain anonymous and no questions are asked, Elizabeth Urbina, CASA’s coordinator, stated.

Earlier this year, the program helped Willacy County residents dispose of 22 pounds of prescription drugs while statewide, Texans turned in 82,978 pounds.

Across the country, Americans disposed of nearly 475 tons of prescription drugs.

The program helps keep drugs from falling into the wrong hands, Urbina said.

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” she stated. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends — or stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

Meanwhile, residents are warned against using old methods for disposal — such as flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, which pose potential safety and health hazards.

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For more information, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or call CASA at 956-232-2300.

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When and where?

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Raymondville Police Department, 523 W. Hidalgo Ave., Raymondville

Lyford school district police department, 8204 Simon Gomez Rd., Lyford