Leander Police Department preparing for Drug Take Back day

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Leander residents can properly dispose of expired or unused human and pet medications at the Drug Take Back program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29 at the Leander Police Department, 705 Leander Drive.

The purpose is to safely destroy unused medications and prevent their disposal in the water supply and landfill and from coming into the possession of children and teenagers. “All pharmaceutical medications are a potential danger to children who might inadvertently get their hands on them and ingest them,” said LPD assistant chief of police, Jeff Hayes.

In partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, this is LPD’s fifth year to offer the program. “Last spring’s event resulted in 12 boxes, or 300 pounds, in medications being turned over to the DEA for proper destruction,” said Hayes.

Although no “sharps” can be accepted, police will be set up in the LPD parking lot to receive relinquished medicines. “As we like to say, ‘Drive up, drop off. It’s that easy,” said Hayes.

Participants should remove all names and personal identification from bottles, jars or other containers. “Removing labels or striking personal information from them is just a good crime prevention practice. It also helps provide peace of mind for the person surrendering the medications,” Hayes commented.

After a collection box fills up, it is sealed, labeled and secured for pick up by the DEA, the assistant chief said.

For more information on the program, call the police department’s main number, (512) 528-2800, or go to http://www.leandertx.gov/police/page/drug-take-back-program

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