Katy ISD Participates in 19th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Event

The Katy ISD Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will allow the public to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.  According to the DEA, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.  Needles or sharp objects will not be accepted and any liquids must be in prescribed containers.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Katy ISD Police Department will have a contactless, drive-thru disposal process where residents can safely drop off their unused medications,” said Katy ISD Police Chief Henry Gaw.  “Unknowingly, family medicine cabinets might be harboring medicines that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse and theft,” added Chief Gaw.

Through the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, the DEA along with its partners across the country has collected nearly 12.7 million pounds of unused prescription medications.  Last October, American’s turned over 441.5 tons (882,919 pounds) of potentially harmful medicines. 

What:             National Prescription Drug Take Back Event

Where:           Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center

                       20370 Franz Road, Katy, TX  77449

When:            Saturday, October 24, 2020

                       10 a.m. – 2 p.m.