“DROP THE DRUGS” – ANGELINA COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS HELP RID AREA OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
[LUFKIN, TX – April 30, 2019] – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gave the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. In order to combat the overwhelming misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, Abeldt’s Pharmacy, Angelina Beautiful/Clean (AB/C), the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department and The Coalition partnered together on this initiative to address a vital public safety and public health issue. Over 200 pounds of prescriptions and medications were collected at the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department which equates to approximately over 7,000 pills.
According to a Mayo Clinic study, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medication, from dispensing to disposal,” said Buford Abeldt. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment. We welcome all in the community to come and talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly.”
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Medicines that are flushed down the toilet can end up polluting our waters, impacting aquatic species, or contaminating our food and water supplies. Because most wastewater treatment plants or septic systems are not designed to remove medicines, drugs may be discharged to rivers and bays or back into our homes and communities. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children, pets, or anyone who rummages through trash. Although modern landfills are well-designed, safe, and handle standard household waste well, medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical that needs to be kept out of our solid waste system which can affect the decay composition, integrity of the landfill barrier or create hazardous landfill liquid.
According to Jennifer La Corte, AB/C Executive Director, “Just as we do not put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in the trash, we should not dispose of extremely potent pharmaceutical chemicals into trash cans or down the toilet. Our Drug Take Back event was the only collection site in Angelina County, and we are very proud to offer this free event and serve the East Texas community.”
About Drug Enforcement Administration
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.
About Angelina County Sheriff’s Office
The mission of Angelina County Sheriff’s Department is to provide a safe and secure community to the citizens of Angelina County. For more information, visit http://www.angelinacounty.net/sheriff/ or call 936-634-3331.
About Angelina Beautiful/Clean
Working in Angelina County since 1984, Angelina Beautiful/Clean (AB/C) has a mission to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment and serves Angelina County to help make it a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play. AB/C cultivates programs, services and education around litter reduction, recycling and beautification. It is an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Angelina Beautiful/Clean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts tax-deductible donations.
About Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy
Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy has been locally owned and operated for over 39 years. As your hometown pharmacy, Abeldt’s strives to provide exceptional customer service, prescriptions filled in-house, specialty compounds, vaccinations, diabetic supplies, and durable medical equipment. With a convenient 2-lane drive-thru, city-wide delivery, mobile app, website, and Facebook for easy and fast prescription service.
To contact us, call 936-639-2346, visit www.abeldtspharmacy.com, or find us on Facebook!
About The Coalition, Inc.
Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on preventing the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. For more information about The Coalition’s efforts to prevent substance abuse, contact Sharon Kruk at The Coalition at 936-634-9308, visit www.angelinacoalition.org or follow The Coalition on Facebook.