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October 23, 2013

Turn in unused, unwanted prescription drugs at UT Health Northeast on Saturday, Oct. 26

October 23, 2013

Safely dispose of medication at UT Health.

Safely dispose of medication at UT Health.

As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the UT Health Northeast Police Department will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the main lobby of UT Health Northeast, at the corner of U.S. 271 and Texas 155.

The national event is a way for people to dispose of unused prescription drugs. People drop their medications off, no questions asked, at designated collection points staffed by law enforcement officers.

“This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely get rid of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs. And it keeps drugs out of the natural environment, where they can affect wildlife,” said Vince Alibrando, retail pharmacy supervisor at UT Health Northeast.

The purpose of the event is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these drugs.

Almost 3 million pounds of prescription medications were collected during six previous take-back days, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which sponsors the event. This is the seventh take-back day organized by the DEA since 2011.

For 65 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, and primary care. Its annual budget of $150 million represents a major economic impact of over $350 million for Northeast Texas. Since 2004, scientists in the Biomedical Research Center have been awarded more than $122 million research dollars. As the university medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities across the state and beyond. It also sponsors the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. For more information, visit www.uthealth.org.

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