The City of Weatherford Water Utilities Department, Police Department and Citizen Police Academy will host its second annual Take Back Meds program on Saturday.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. at the North Lot in Heritage Park, located at 200 Santa Fe Drive.
Unused prescription medications, if not disposed of properly, can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused. The Take Back Meds program provides the Weatherford community with an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines by offering a safe alternative to flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. Recent studies and research have also found trace levels of drug residues in waterways, such as lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams. These compounds detected, though in small concentrations, can impact human health. Citizens can turn in unused or expired medications and help prevent poisonings, drug abuse and protect the environment.
“Last year was our first year to host the Take Back Meds program and we collected 350 pounds of unused, expired medications,” said Lydia Ruiz, Environmental Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator. “The event was a huge success in the first year and we hope to continue providing the service to our citizens every six months if participation grows.”
Items that will be accepted include prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications, veterinary medications, vitamins, minerals and samples. Items not accepted include oxygen tanks, inhalers and nebulizers, needles, sharp items, thermometers and IV bags. Participants are asked to keep medicines in original containers with personal information marked out. Participants are also asked to remain in their vehicle at all times during the drop-off process.
The Take Back Meds program is free to the public. For more information, contact the Water Utility Department at 817-598-4275 or visit www.weatherfordtx.gov/expiremeds.