Houstonians – get rid of your prescription drugs lying around

Where and when in Houston can you drop off a full bag of prescription bottles without questions asked? Instead of tossing them in the trash or down the toilet, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has started a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Campaign. There are 3,400 locations nationwide where people can drop off their drugs which will then be incinerated.

Why is this important?

This effort protects children who find substances lying around at home. The medicine cabinet has become ‘a new drug dealer’ says Ray Andrews, director of Houston Crackdown, the anti-drug division of the mayor’s office for public safety and homeland security.

So go ahead Houston, get rid of those drugs you don’t use or need. They’re not going to peel off a label and look for your name or ask any questions.

Original story by Cindy George, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 26, 2010