Tyler, Texas (UT Health Northeast) — As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the UT Health Northeast Police Department will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the main lobby of UT Health Northeast, at the corner of U.S. 271 and Texas 155.
The national event is a way for people to dispose of unused prescription drugs. People drop their medications off, no questions asked, at designated collection points staffed by law enforcement officers.
“This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely get rid of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs. And it keeps drugs out of the natural environment, where they can affect wildlife,” said Vince Alibrando, retail pharmacy supervisor at UT Health Northeast.
The purpose of the event is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these drugs.
Almost 3 million pounds of prescription medications were collected during six previous take-back days, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which sponsors the event. This is the seventh take-back day organized by the DEA since 2011.