FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth police will install "Take Back Drugs" boxes next month at three police stations where residents can dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. The effort is an attempt to reduce drug overdoses.
"Unwanted and outdated prescriptions and over the counter medication pose serious safety and environmental threats ranging from child poisonings to illegal use, as well as contamination of our streams and drinking water," a police news release said. The boxes, funded privately, will be available beginning Nov. 5 at stations in areas where the most drug overdoses occurred last year: Central patrol, 501 Jones St.; East patrol, 100 Nashville St.; and West patrol, 3525 Marquita Drive.
Medications must be in their original containers, and no syringes, needles or bulk items will be accepted.
The program is part of the Police Department's work with the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition and city health agencies to earn the city the Safe Communities designation.