City of Parker, Tx

Posted on: September 1, 2017

National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative


On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation's medicine cabinets.  The Parker Police Department will take part in this initiative for the first time.  A national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.  This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.  The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement to collaborate with the DEA and establish a safe collection site.

  • Collection boxes and posters will be provided by DEA approximately 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event.  If you need additional collection boxes the day of the event, you are authorized to use a container approved by your department as part of its standard operating procedures.
  • On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Parker Police Department will host a collection site in the parking lot of the Parker Police Department.  This site will allow residents to drop off medications without leaving their vehicle.
  • Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications may be collected from individuals.  The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status.  Intravenous solutions, injectable items, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
  • This program is anonymous.  All efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications.  Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.  Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.  THIS IS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC ONLY.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.  If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel should handle such material as abandoned property in accordance with department policy.

THANK YOU!  Your continued cooperation and participation in this worthy endeavor is greatly appreciated.

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