On October 22 between 10 am and 2 pm, residents may drop off their expired or unneeded medications at the following 4 Arlington locations:
I have suggested to Deputy Chief Jeff Petty (North Police Station) that APD install one collection container (similar to the outdoor blue boxes that the U.S. Postal Service uses for curbside mail drops) in each of the 4 APD stations so that citizens can drop off medications any day they want to when the police stations are open to the public, instead of limiting the collections to only 2 days each year (spring and fall). Sometimes the collection day is not convenient for residents and if they miss that one day, then they must retain the old medicine for another 6 months and then try to not miss the next collection date. Chief Petty is checking with Chief Strickland to see whether this can be done.
Remember, do NOT flush old medications down the toilet or put them in the kitchen sink/disposal because the meds will then end up in our Arlington drinking water. I was with an Arlington woman this month who was telling me that the medicine the doctor prescribed made her sick and she couldn't tolerate it, so she flushed the whole bottle of pills down the toilet! I fussed at her for doing that and explained why she should never do it again and she said she simply had never thought about it and nobody had ever mentioned it to her.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.