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Brazoria County
Coalition partners with Pharmacy for Safe Drug Disposal
Press Release
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Medic OneBrazoria County Community Coalition, of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA), partnered with Medic One Pharmacy in Alvin to provide free drug disposal pouches to the community. The pouches are biodegradable. You simply put any unwanted or expired pills into the pouch, add water, shake it up, and throw it in the trash. The pouches contain safe chemicals that deactivate the medications and make them safe to dispose of with your household trash.

According to the CDC, in 2015, opioids (including prescription medications and heroin) killed 33,000 people, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid deaths involve a prescription opioid. As this epidemic rises, preventionists, physicians, and researchers are working diligently to identify the most effective methods to prevent and reduce both opioid abuse and unintentional overdose deaths.

“Over 50% of youth who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from friends or family, and often that includes taking them from the household medicine cabinet. Medications that sit unused in cabinets and drawers leave children and youth vulnerable to accidental poisoning or misuse,” said Coalition Coordinator Dannielle Meyer. “Safely disposing of these drugs is one way to keep your family safe and we are proud to partner with Medic One Pharmacy to provide this service to the community.

Alvin Police Department has a permanent Prescription Drug Drop Box available to the community for free, but the pouches are a great solution for people who are not able to make it to the Drop Box.

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