The citizens of Alice and surrounding communities who are looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over the counter medications can visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Alice Police Department.

Coastal Bend Council of Governments has partnered with Alice PD to establish a second permanent MedSafe drug collection unit in the Alice area. The program's goal is to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens, adults and even our environment.

“With the medications out of the home young children and teens risks of getting their hands on them,” according to Alice PD official. “Kids get into everything making unused medications are potentially dangerous.”

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Unused pharmaceuticals in our homes are usually flushed down toilets ending up in wastewater systems. Water treatment systems are unable to remove most pharmaceutical contaminants and that means contaminants are often ending up in our rivers, lakes and drinking water supplies.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinets. Now Alice citizen’s won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is located in the back lobby of the Alice PD where the MedSafe Drug Collection Unit will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

The drug unit is an amnesty box. Once the medications are collected from the unit they will than be shipped to the appropriate agency who will discard them.

Medications should be left in the original packaging or containers when possible. No liquid containers larger than 4 ounces and must be placed in a plastic bag before depositing. No sharp containers, needles, syringes, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemicals or other hazardous materials.

The MedSafe drug collection unit is produced by Sharps Compliance, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Sharps Compliance, Inc. is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals.