Have unused, old medications you need to get rid of? Turn them in on April 29

Travis County Constable Offices will be happy to take back your prescription drugs on April 29.

April 29 is going to be a fabulous day for people who are ready to get rid of hard to get rid of stuff. It’s Austin Shred Day at the Austin Community College Highland Mall campus. You can take all your highly sensitive documents there and have them shredded. 

It’s also National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., your Travis County Constables will be working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to help you safety get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. It’s free, anonymous and no one is going to ask you any questions.

You can drop off your medications at these Constable offices:

Danny Thomas, Constable Precinct One: 4717 Heflin Lane, Suite 127, 512-854-7510

Adan Ballesteros, Constable Precinct Two: 10409 Burnet Road., Suite 150, 512- 854-9697

Stacy Suits, Constable Precinct Three: 8656 Texas 71 W. Suite 132, 512-854-7245

Carlos Lopez, Constable Precinct Five: 1003 Guadalupe St., 512-854-9100

Turning in your medications avoids medications falling into the wrong hands as well as not getting into our water supply. You should never throw medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet for those reasons.

You can find other locations to drop off your medications at https://www.traviscountytx.gov/news/2017/1483-taking-back-unwanted-prescriptions-april-29th  or in other communities http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

My one sadness: I know how much prescription medications cost. I wish there was a way to redistribute ones that are not expired to families who need them. I have a drawerful of medications that didn’t work for my child, but if they could help another child out, I would love for that family not to have to pay what I paid for them. I’ve asked her doctors and they’ve always told me there’s know way to do that — legally. In Texas, the legislature passed a 2015 law that started a pilot program that allows medical facilities and doctors’ offices to donate unused medications to patients in need, but citizens cannot.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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