Georgetown to hold prescription, over-the-counter drug take-back event April 27

Georgetown will participate in the sixth nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Legacy Hills Pavilion, 200 Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City.

Residents with expired or unneeded prescriptions may drop them off at the collection site, no questions asked.

The take-back event is an effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent pharmaceuticals from affecting water quality and reduce risks involved with keeping unwanted medications in homes such as abuse or accidental overdose, according to a news release.

Georgetown Police Department Captain Evelyn McLean said in last year's drug take-back event, more prescriptions and medications were collected from Sun City than in all of Travis County.

"It's mind-boggling when you think of the amount we took," she said. "It's definitely worthwhile if we're taking that much off the street."

According to the DEA website, in five previous take-back events, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners working with the DEA have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications.

Medications should be dropped off in its original containers if possible, according to the release. In addition to expired or unwanted prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, drugs prescribed for pets, medicines from deceased family members or unknown tablets and capsules may also be dropped off at the take-back event, a release stated.

Items not accepted include mercury thermometers, IV bags, personal care products and medical equipment.