Substance Abuse Council, TABC take steps aimed at public safety

April 10, 2013

by kathy cruz

Getting unwanted or expired prescriptions off your hands – but away from the hands of those who might abuse them – just got a little easier.

On Monday, the Hood County Substance Abuse Council delivered to the Sheriff’s Office an “Rx Drug Drop Box,” where the public can dump unwanted prescription drugs at any time of the day or night.

Rodney Casey, coordinator for the Substance Abuse Council, said that “a slab is already poured” and that the drop box will be installed within the next week.

“It’s very, very sturdy. It’s heavy metal, and it’s going to be secured,” Casey said. He added that the Law Enforcement Center is monitored by surveillance cameras.

In addition to keeping prescription drugs away from those who might abuse them, safely disposing of medications keeps them out of the public sewer system, Casey said.

For the past three years, the council and the sheriff’s office have teamed up to participate in a program called GotDrugs?. The program is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On designated days, council members and S.O. employees have accepted prescription drugs dropped off by members of the public at the LEC.

Despite having the new drop box, another GotDrugs? event is planned for Saturday, April 27, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Dave Moore, chair of the Substance Abuse Council, said that accidental overdose of prescription medications “now exceeds traffic accidents in the number of deaths annually for adults.”

Also, he said, prescription drugs often end up in the hands of youths.

new apps from tabc

In other news related to substance abuse, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) announced on Monday the availability of two mobile applications. One is the TABC Complaint Reporting app and the other is the Intoximaze app, an interactive game designed to monitor the affects of alcohol on the user’s motor skills.

The Complaint Reporting app allows users to file a complaint against an establishment suspected of violating the Alcoholic Beverage Code or committing other safety violations such as serving alcohol to minors or over-serving patrons.

The Intoximaze app is intended for those 21 and older. The interactive game advises users to seek a safe ride home if they strike out too many times.

Both apps work on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, according to a TABC media release, and are available to download off the TABC website,

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