Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals
Unwanted Drugs Disposal Kiosk
Travis County Constable Pct. 5 gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for drop-off at the permanent pharmaceutical kiosk located in our lobby and available during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Materials are collected regularly and safely incinerated.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Through "Take-Back" events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds - about 3,200 tons of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards for contaminating our water supply.