Thursday, April 20, 2017

Take Back Meds Day in Fort Worth, Texas

You have all this crap on the shelf in your medicine chest and, for some reason, you don't take them anymore.  That's my situation so the question is how to get rid of them safely.  Pouring them down the toilet is not at all good; mixing the contents with dirt or cat litter before disposal doesn't undo the chemical properties of the medicines; the plastic won't last long enough to make it safe to send the meds in the bottle to a landfill.

The problem has bugged me but today an answer with Take Back Meds Day comes up in a few days in Fort Worth.

The National Take Back Meds Day is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Walgreens and area cities to allow residents to bring expired, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs, veterinary medicines, samples, vitamins and herbal supplements for safe disposal -- no questions asked. Medications are accepted at the following Walgreens locations:

  • 4324 Golden Triangle Blvd.
  • 9625 White Settlement Road
  • 3100 McCart Ave.
  • 6205 Westcreek Drive
  • 6346 Camp Bowie Blvd.
  • 4200 E. Lancaster Ave.
  • 8600 S. Hulen St.

Medications will also be accepted at the following partnered city collection sites:

La Gran Plaza Mall
4200 S. Freeway.

Richland Hills Fire Department
3201 Diana Drive

City of Weatherford
1007 S. Main St.

Saginaw Fire Station No. 1
400 S. Saginaw Blvd.

Haltom City Police Department
5110 Broadway Ave.

No illegal drugs are accepted. Residents are asked to remove all personal information from containers before dropping off medicines. These items are not accepted: oxygen tanks, needles and other sharps, inhalers or thermometers, nebulizers and IV bags.
For more information, contact our 24-hour hotline at 817-392-1234.

See the City of Fort Worth: Take Back Meds Day for more information.


Anonymous said...

You can do the same at almost any police station in the country
Most have a drop box for that purpose

Peas InOurThyme said...

Thanks as I was not previously aware of that. Since you are, you must have been thinking about finding a safe way to get rid of them as well so I'm glad these types of facilities exist.

Young 'uns probably don't get it so much that meds will accumulate such as ones which were tried and didn't work, etc. It may not seem it but I've chucked loads of psychoactive prescriptions for that reason. I know exactly where I could have sold them but the Silas don't do sales ... so they sat. It's an excellent relief to find a way to get rid of that stuff.

Anonymous said...

There are billboards advertising the process around town

Peas InOurThyme said...

I've never noticed one like that here as mostly if they're not about guns or atheist shaming then they usually don't bother.

Anonymous said...

4/29 is The national day set aside for the campaign to throw away old prescriptions safely