How Do You Dispose Of Unused Medications?

This weekend Houston area residents will have a chance to shred documents, recycle electronics and turn in unused prescription drugs. The 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says people often don’t know what to do with unused prescriptions.

“It is a problem in cities all across the country that when people decide that they’re going to flush unused medications — we really need to get the word out that is inappropriate. It has caused, in some places, significant problems with these drugs entering into the water supply. We would encourage people to bag them and bring them to one of these periodic drug drop-off locations.”

A number of sites will participate this weekend in the drug enforcement agency’s national drug drop-off.

You can find a list of locations at National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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