To help protect the water supply and reduce household risks, bring unwanted medications to Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 in Georgetown. Drugs that are expired or unused will be collected—no questions asked—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sun City Legacy Hills Park Pavilion, 200 Del Webb Boulevard and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street.
One goal of the free collection of unwanted medications is to keep them from being poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet. Pharmaceuticals that are put in our wastewater system can affect water quality in our creeks, rivers, and lakes.
Removing unwanted medications from your home also reduces risks of accidental overdose or intentional use of prescription drugs by children or visitors in your home.
The Take-Back Day is part of a nation-wide effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the risk of unwanted medications in our homes. Local partners in the Drug Take-Back Day include the Georgetown Police Department, LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Williamson County EMS, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Medications that are dropped off should be in their original containers, if possible. Drugs brought to the drop-off may include expired or unwanted over-the-counter and controlled medicines, drugs prescribed for pets, medicines from deceased family members, or unknown tablets and capsules. Items not accepted include sharps (needles and syringes), mercury thermometers, IV bags, personal care products, and medical equipment.
The collection is for individual households. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or other institutions or businesses.
For more information, call LifeSteps at (512) 246-9880 or visit the DEA website at www.dea.gov.