Our Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of the risks and consequences of underage drinking and drug abuse, educating the community about current and emerging drug trends, partnering with school districts, building liaisons with decision-makers, parents, the medical and faith communities, as well as law enforcement.
We work to develop, implement and support environmental strategies to reduce substance abuse. We believe by working together, citizens can nurture social and environmental changes to make Williamson County a safer and healthier place, brightening the future of our children, youth and families.
Please join us as we work together to change the perception that underage drinking and the use of tobacco and other drugs are just a “rite of passage”.WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Proper disposal of medication can prevent accidental use or intentional misuse of these drugs. The medicine cabinets of family and friends are a common source for drug abuse. “1 in 5 teens has used a prescription medication to get high”. There is also concern that medications placed in the trash or flushed down the toilet can contaminate our water supply. HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? Place the medication you wish to dispose of in a plastic zip lock bag, and bring them to the take-back drop-off location closest to you. You may leave pills in the original container and put them in a bag or box. Some locations offer drive-thru drop-off and others, you may have to park and bring the medications to the drop-off site inside the building. WHAT TO BRING? Unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications from anyone in your household, including pets. WHAT NOT TO BRING? Sharps (needles & syringes), thermometers, IV bags, medical devices or personal care products. For sharps disposal, please contact: Sharps by Mail (Houston) – ( 713) 432-0300 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MEDICATIONS AFTER THEY ARE DROPPED OFF? All drugs collected at Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sites will be incinerated by the local Drug Enforcement Agency. HOW TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED AND EXPIRED MEDICATIONS, IF YOU CAN NOT PARTICIPATE ON THE TAKE-BACK DAY? By the FDA guidelines, you can take the medications out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and throw the drugs in the household trash. Ask your local pharmacy. Some locations offer drop-off boxes for non-controlled medications.
For more information or to get involved, contact us at 512-246-9880 or visit:PARENT TOOLKIT – Tips for raising drug-free kids. Addiction Blog http://addictionblog.org/ has created a public service campaign to improve access to addiction treatment in Texas and throughout the U.S. They have taken data from SAMHSA about addiction services in Texas and created an easy-to-read infographic. You can find it here: http://addictionblog.org/infographics/rehabs-in-texas-infographic/ If you like what you see, please LIKE, LINK, or SHARE this data with people interested in advocacy for treatment.