FORT WORTH _ In hopes of reducing drug overdoses, Fort Worth police will install “Take Back Drugs” boxes next month at three police stations where citizens can dispose of their unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication.
“Unwanted and outdated prescriptions and over the counter medication pose serious safety and environmental threats ranging from child poisonings to illegal use, as well as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,” Fort Worth police stated in a press release.
The boxes, funded privately, will be available beginning Nov. 5 at stations located in areas where the highest volume of drug overdoses occurred last year:
Central patrol - 501 Jones St.
East patrol – 100 Nashville St.
West patrol – 3525 Marquita Dr.
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 on-going work with the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition and city health agencies to earn the city the Safe Communities designation.
- Deanna Boyd