Aldine Sheriff’s Store Front reminds residents to dispose unused drugs

Deputy Grace Luna is in charge of the drug disposal box at Aldine Storefront.

Aldine Sheriff’s Storefront in Harris County is the first permanent location to have a drop-off box for expired or unused drugs.

Back in September 26, 2012, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the Harris County Sherrif’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other entities announced the permanent location at 5202 Aldine Mail Rt. Since then, Aldine Storefront has collected enough unused medications to fill two trash cans (of 32 gallons), said Deputy Grace Luna, responsible for the drop-off box of unused drugs in Aldine. Deputy Luna also mentioned that the DEA has gone two times to collect and discharge drugs properly.

DEA reminds families that:

–Unused or expired prescription medications can cause accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

–Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

–The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs can get them at the home medicine cabinet.

–Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold; drugs that are flushed, contaminate the water supply.

Help save lives and protect the environment by using the drop-off box for your unused drugs at the Aldine Storefront.