Portland Police Offer Way to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

The City of Portland is now offering a permanent place where you can drop off your old or unwanted prescription medications.

Five weeks ago, the prescription drug drop-off box was installed inside the lobby of the Portland Police Department, and within the first few weeks, they collected 40 pounds of prescription drugs.

On Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Portland Police Department. The box has been in operation since Feb. 27, and was donated by Al Willeford Chevrolet in Portland.

Portland Police Chief Gary Giles and other city officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting, as well as members of the Youth Continuum of Care Coalition. The program is designed to reduce the amount of unneeded and outdated prescription drugs in San Patricio County.

Prescription drugs have become the number one substance of abuse among teens, so the drugs can become the target of theft and misuse as much of that supply comes from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents and friends.

The drop-off box offers a way to safely dispose of these prescription drugs so they don't get into the wrong hands.

Kiii-TV will be hosting our own prescription drug take-back day at the end of April.


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