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Katy law enforcement taking part in National Drug Take Back event

October 10, 2018

The Katy Independent School District police department is giving the public an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications at a drug take back event on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Through a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the school district police are asking that anyone wanting to get rid of potentially dangerous or expired prescriptions medications can do so by attending the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center on Franz Road, according to a news release from the district.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were more than 63, 600 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016.

The Katy ISD police department service is free and anonymous.

“Many families could be harboring dangerous prescription drugs in their own medicine cabinet without even knowing it,” said Katy ISD Police Chief Robert Jinks in a statement. “Not disposing of these medications creates an easy access for students to obtain and abuse these types of prescriptions. Through the drug take back program residents have a better and safe option to dispose of these items.”

City of Katy Police Department

Assistant Chief Tim Tyler with the City of Katy Police said that while the department won’t take part in the National event, the facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m.

“They bring it to our police department and bring it to our receptionist,” Tyler said. “We do not take anything than what is in a clear baggies, so can’t be bottles.”

Residents are asked to dump medications from the bottles into a clear plastic Ziplock-like baggie, he said.

The police department provides the service year-round.

For more information on what medications are allowed to be returned, contact the city of Katy Police at 281-397-4848.

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