Your unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs are now in the right hands after October 27’s Drug Take Back Day. This semi-annual event is part of a nationwide program hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). With the Plano Police department (PPD) coordinating local efforts, City drop sites collected a total of 2,260 pounds of drugs. Thank you!
During a similar drug-gathering event held in April, PPD successfully rounded-up 2,744 pounds of unused and expired pharmaceuticals. Subsequently, the combined tally stands at 5,004 pounds from Plano alone for 2018. That’s over 2.5 tons of drugs that won’t end up in the wrong place and cause public safety or public health issues.
PPD Public Information Officer David Tilley credits the success of the program to the tremendous resident participation, “Again, thanks for all you do in supporting our programs and efforts to keep you and our city great. This is the highest single-year total for Plano since the program began.” David also acknowledged the invaluable help from Plano Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association volunteers who manned each of the collection sites. PPD and the volunteers boxed the items and delivered the haul to the DEA’s regional disposal facility where the drugs are safely burned.
The next DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is in April 2019.