Colleyville launches secure medicine disposal program

The Colleyville Police Department has encountered 24 overdoses, 107 criminal investigations, and 928 confiscated pills linked to prescription drugs since 2004. In an effort to minimize abuse and improper disposal of medicines, the department has developed a year-round secure medicine disposal program. The program is open to Colleyville citizens and employees of Colleyville businesses. It is offered to the Colleyville community as a free service.

Citizens can participate in the program by bringing their unwanted medications and medical items to the Colleyville Justice Center, 5201 Riverwalk Drive, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. A trained police department employee will screen items and assist citizens with properly tagging and sealing them in a secure bag. The items will then be placed in a secure drop-safe located within the Justice Center. Periodically, the medications will be transferred to the Colleyville Police Departments property room and later disposed of in accordance with department policy and applicable law.

Accepted items include:
Narcotics (Oxycodone, Vicodin, etc.)
Medication samples
Medications for pets
Medicated ointments (prescription and over-the-counter)
Over-the-counter drugs/medications
Vitamins
Inhalers
EpiPens (unopened)

Items that cannot be accepted include:
Needles/syringes
Thermometers
IV bags or bloody infectious waste
Personal care products
Hydrogen peroxide or other chemicals
Aerosol cans
EpiPens (used)
Mercury products
Iodine solutions
Radioactive material
Business waste
Empty containers

The Secure Medicine Disposal Program cannot accept used needles; however, the Colleyville Fire Department is equipped to accept those at the Central Fire Station, located at 5209 Colleyville Blvd.

For more information on Colleyvilles Secure Medicine Disposal Program, please contact the Colleyville Police Department at 817.503.1200 or by email at ColleyvillePD@colleyville.com.

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