Drug Take Back Program

Next event is Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Burleson Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be hosted at the Burleson Police Department, 1161 S.W. Wilshire Blvd. and Texas Health Huguley Hospital, 11801 South Freeway.  
Residents may drop off unused, expired or unwanted medications, in both pill and liquid form, for safe disposal. This includes over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs. The Burleson Police Department and the Citizens on Patrol will be working this event.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Unused and discarded medications can be a potential risk for abuse or environmental contamination. As part of the Burleson Police Department's commitment to providing a safe community, a drug drop box has been installed in the lobby at the department's new location.

This box will be available to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to deposit unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. The box is located in the lobby at 1161 SW Wilshire Blvd. Special arrangements can be made if you are unable to come to the police department during the hours listed above.  For additional information about this program, please call Sgt. Bob Sherman at 817-426-9951.

Burleson joined the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event effort in 2012. At the September 26, 2015 event, the police department collected 294 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted medications.  At the September 27, 2014 event, 413 pounds were collected. At the April 2014 event, 293 pounds were collected.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back events provide a way for patients, caregivers, and pet owners to dispose of controlled substance medications such as painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants like ADHD drugs instead of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. 

According to a November 2014 news release from the DEA, on its ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 27, 2014, the DEA and 4,076 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. This brought the total amount of drugs collected in four years to 4.8 million plus pounds, or 2,411 tons. To learn more about proper disposal of medicines – between Drug Take Back events – go to the EPA flyer, "How to dispose of medicines properly."

Proper disposal of medicines protects you by preventing poisoning of children and pets; deterring misuse by teenagers and adults; avoiding health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine, or a medicine that is too old to work well; and, keeping medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

Prescription Drug Take-Back events will be posted on this web site, social medial and promoted through local pharmacies.

Contact Us

  1. R. Sherman

    Burleson Police Department
    1161 SW Wilshire Blvd
    Burleson, TX  76028-4296

    Phone: 817-426-9951
    Fax: 817-426-9386

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