Prescription Drug Disposal

National Take Back Day Sites


Dallas (Walgreens) locations:

  • 5001 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75206 
  • 5101 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas, TX 75241
  • 4702 N. Jim Miller Rd., Dallas, TX 75227
  • 1104 S. Westmoreland, Dallas, TX 75211
  • 3732 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75220
  • 18207 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75287
  • 1060 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas, TX 75232

Highland Park:

  • Department of Public Safety: 4700 Drexel Dr., Highland Park, TX 75205

University Park:

  •  Police Department: 3800 University Blvd., University Park, TX 75205

Farmers Branch 

  • Police Department: 3723 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch, TX 75244

Chief on the Beat

  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center: 6200 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75223

Permanent Drop Off Locations

Unable to join on National Take Back Day? Dispose of your medication all year at the following permanent locations:

Prescription Drug Abuse

Youth ages 12 – 17 abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit drug except marijuana – more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined(3). When prescription drugs are used by the person intended and as prescribed by his or her doctor, they are beneficial. When they are abused, they can be as deadly as any illicit drug.  

Dangerous Highs


  • A common misperception exists among youth that prescription and OTC drugs are a “safe” and “legal” way to get high.
  • Every day 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs for the first time(1).
  • One in four teens (25%) reported taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them by a doctor at least once in their lives, and more than one in five teens (23%) used a prescription pain reliever not prescribed to them by a doctor4.
  • Among persons aged 12 or older in 2008-2009 who used pain relievers nonmedically in the past 12 months,
  • 55.3 % got the drug they most recently used from a friend or relative for free.
  • 17.6 % reported they got the drug from one doctor.
  • 4.8 % got pain relievers from a drug dealer or other stranger
  • 4 % bought them on the Internet


  • Among those who reported getting the pain reliever from a friend or relative for free, 80.0 % reported in a follow-up question that the friend or relative had obtained the drugs from just one doctor(2).

Free and Easily Available


  • Prescription and OTC drugs are easily available for teens. Teens report that they get prescription drugs for free from relatives of friends, often without their knowledge.
  • Teens are abusing prescription drugs because they are widely available, free or inexpensive, and they believe they are not as risky as street drugs(3).
  • Because these drugs are so readily available, teens who otherwise wouldn’t touch street drugs might abuse prescription drugs(3).
  • 38% of teens believe prescription drugs are available everywhere(4).

What you can do to prevent prescription drug abuse


  • Count your medication.
  • Dispose of unused or expired medication properly.
  • Talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription and OTC drug abuse.
  • Store your medication in a safe place, where children, teens and visitors to your home do not have easy access to it.
  • If you suspect your child is abusing prescription or OTC drugs, contact The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 214-522-8600 for information and referrals.
  1. Combating Teen Prescription Drug Abuse. (2008, January). In SAMHSA News. Retrieved April 4, 2011, from
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-38A, HHS Publication No. SMA 10-4586Findings). Rockville, MD.
  3. Prescription for Danger: A Report on the Troubling Trend of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among the Nation’s Teens. (2008, January). In Office of National Drug Control Policy. Retrieved April 6, 2011, from
  4. 2010 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation. (2011, April 6). In The Partnership at Retrieved April 7, 2011, from
  5. Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs. (2009, October). In White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Retrieved April 3, 2011, from

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