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MISSION 

To educate and inform the community about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse, unused medication disposal, and Brazoria County’s prescription drug use epidemic.

ABOUT RX DRUG ABUSE TASK FORCE

The Rx Drug Abuse Task Force was created in 2013 by the Brazoria County Community Coalition (BCCC) as a response to the growing need of unwanted, unused, and expired medications needing proper disposal.  The initial request came from home hospice care and the concern that dangerous medications were being left behind or flushed down the toilet.  Members of the coalition formed the Task Force and immediately began formulating objectives to combat the growing trends.  

OBJECTIVES

Task Force Objectives: 

  • Create social norm and social marketing campaigns to create public awareness about issues and problems related to prescription drug abuse and the need for proper Rx disposal.

 

  • Secure one partner to provide incineration to all Brazoria County permanent prescription disposal locations. 

  •  Create a prescription drug collection and disposal policy for all of Brazoria County.

  • Work with the business, health provider, and hospital sectors to strengthen prevention and proper disposal efforts. 

  • Work toward instructional programs that increase knowledge, develop skills, and change behaviors (using social and thinking skills for youth and adults). 

  • Create social marketing that aids in supporting community initiatives (such as the National Rx Take Back Event). 

  • Work with various media outlets to encourage coverage of community coalition initiatives and to prescription drug abuse and proper disposal issues.

GET INVOLVED

Join us to make Brazoria County a healthier place to live!  Interested? 

 

Contact:

 

Caren Fisher

Brazoria County Community Coalition Coordinator

caren.fisher@bacoda.org

1-800-510-3111

 

Within the first year of inception, with support from retired  Chief of Police David Ashburn, the first Rx drop box was installed at Angleton Police Department.  Part of the requirement for proper Rx disposal meant a plan for incineration.  A community partnership with Dow Chemical was created to assist with this task.  Without this support, this extremely important endeavor would not be possible.  Since the initial installation, eight Rx drop boxes were installed and are currently operational thought the county.  

Since 2014, education on the dangers of opioids misuse, signs and symptoms of addiction, and prevention strategies were provided to middle and high school students and their parents. Collaboration with community partners allowed for outreach and education within Brazoria County and beyond!  The use of naloxone to support the prevention of drug overdoses has been an essential objective.  After receiving information from the task force, all contacted local law enforcement agencies that were not carrying naloxone in patrol cars committed to doing so. Police officers, parole officers, and social workers serve as first responders and can assist with saving a life due to opioid overdose prior to the arrival of EMS.  We applaud the care and concern from all of our partners who agreed to carrying naloxone.  

The Rx Abuse Task Force serves the following communities: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Liverpool, Manvel, Oyster Creek, Pearland, Richwood, Surfside, Sweeny, and West Columbia.

ADDITIONAL DROP BOXES
SPONSORED BY BACODA:

GALVESTON COUNTY

Galveston Police Department

 601 54th Street 

Galveston, TX 77550  

Santa Fe Police Department  

4925 Main Street 

Santa Fe, TX 77539 

Dickinson Police Department  

4000 Liggio Street  

Dickinson, TX 77539 

La Marque Police Department

431 Bayou Road 

La Marque, TX 77568

Texas City Police Department 

1004 9th Ave N

Texas City, TX 77590  

WHARTON COUNTY
SOUTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY

Wharton Police Department

 1407 North Richmond Road

Wharton, TX 77488

Deer Park Police Department

2911 Center Street 

Deer Park, TX 77536

 

Alvin Police Department

1500 South Gordon Street

Alvin, TX 77511

Angleton Police Department

104 Cannan Drive

Angleton, TX 77515

979-849-2383 ext 3160

Clute Police Department

104 East Main

Clute, TX 77531

979-265-6194  ext 2011

Freeport Police Department

430 North Brazosport Blvd.

Freeport, TX 77541

Lake Jackson Police Department

5 Oak Drive

Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Iowa Colony Police Department

1500 South Gordon Street

Alvin, TX 77511

Richwood Police Department

1800 North Brazosport Blvd.

Richwood, TX 77531

Sweeny Police Department

123 North Oak Street

Sweeny, TX 77480

BRAZORIA COUNTY
RX DROP BOX LOCATIONS

Rx Drop Boxes

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.  According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.  

BACODA supports Rx drop boxes throughout our catchment areas.  These boxes provide our communities an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose death by properly disposing of their unwanted, expired, and unused medications.  This service is FREE and available to the general population.  It is not to be used by local businesses, veterinarians, care facilities, pharmacies, or anyone deemed a returned distributor.   

BRAZORIA COUNTY RX TASK FORCE PARTNERS

Alvin PD

Angleton ISD PD

Angleton PD

Clute PD

Constable Buck Stevens Pct3

Dow Chemical

Freeport PD

Iowa Colony PD 

Keep Pearland Beautiful 

Lake Jackson EMS

Medic Pharmacy-Alvin 

Medicine Shoppe-Angleton

Richwood PD

Stella Roberts Recycling Center  Pearland

Sweeny PD

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brazoria Rx Prevention Task Force

Fredreka Levias, Director of Coalitions 

fredreka.levias@bacoda.org

Brazoria County RX Drop Box

Dannielle Meyer, Director of Communications

dannielle.meyer@bacoda.org

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