Check your medicine cabinets: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

Public can dispose any unused, unwanted prescription medications

National Drug Take Back Day is April 22, 2023

SAN ANTONIO – Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — a day to remind you to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

The public can dispose of any unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of many designated drop-off sites.

“Old prescriptions left unsecured in the home can often be an easy source for someone thinking about unsafely using prescription medications and can pose danger to pets or children who may accidentally ingest them. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 emergency department visits and 450,000 calls to poison centers after children under 6 years old ingest medication without a caregiver’s oversight. They can also be confusing for elderly people who may have multiple prescriptions,” according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s website.

Collection sites will be set up at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the San Antonio area:

  • Alamo Heights Police Department - 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
  • Balcones Heights Police Department - 3300 Hillcrest Dr, Balcones Heights, TX 78201
  • Boerne Police Department - 124 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, Texas 78006
  • Bulverde Police Department - 30360 Cougar Bend, Bulverde, Texas 78163
  • Bulverde Spring Branch Fire - 160 Oak Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78132
  • Cibolo Police Department - 162 Loop 539 E., Cibolo, Texas 78108
  • Comal County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 – 353 Rodeo Drive, Spring Branch, Texas 78070
  • Ella Austin Community Center - 1023 N Pine St, San Antonio, TX 78202
  • Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office - 2617 N. Guadalupe St., Seguin, Texas 78155
  • Hollywood Park Police Department - 2 Mecca Drive, Hollywood Park, Texas 78232
  • Hondo Police Department - 1101 16th St., Hondo, Texas 78861
  • Kerrville Police Department – 429 Sidney Baker, Kerrville, Texas 78028
  • Live Oak Police Department - 8022 Shin Oak, Live Oak, Texas 78233
  • Northside ISD Police Department - 8400 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Shavano Park Police Department - 900 Saddletree Ct., Shavano Park, Texas 78231
  • Terrell Hills Police Department - 5100 N New Braunfels Ave, Terrell Hills, TX 78209
  • Windcrest Police Department – 8601 Midcrown, Windcrest, Texas 78239

Other collection sites across the nation can be found online here.

The following University Health pharmacy locations will also serve as collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday:

  • Medical Center Pavilion - 4647 Medical Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
  • Robert B. Green Campus - 903 W. Martin Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
  • Texas Diabetes Institute - 701 S. Zarzamora Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
  • University Health Family Health Center - Southeast - 1055 Ada Street, San Antonio, TX 78223
  • University Health Family Health Center - Southwest - 2121 SW. 36th Street, San Antonio, TX 78237
  • University Hospital - 4502 Medical Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229

There are also dozens of pharmacies in the San Antonio area with permanent drug disposal boxes. You can find a site near you by clicking here.

“When disposing of unused medications, scratch out all personal, identifying information on the label. This will help protect the privacy of your health information,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director of pharmacy and ambulatory services at University Health.

About the Author:

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 20 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.