National Take Back Pill Gets Drugs Out Of Reach

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“Between Zapata and San Ygnacio, 94 pounds was turned in. This is two pounds less than what was turned in at the last Take Back Day in October 2018.”

Joyce Currington | MyZapata.com – April 28, 2019

Many volunteers manned the Take Back Pill at the Zapata County Court House on Saturday, April 27. The Youth Coalition was well represented, showing that our Zapata Youth are concerned about the problem of misused Prescription drugs.




Between Zapata and San Ygnacio, 94 pounds was turned in. This is two pounds less than what was turned in at the last Take Back Day in October 2018. The  biggest part was turned in from when the day opened at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Constable Danny Arriaga was handed a bag by a lady at McDonald’s, who said she would be unable to make it over to the Court House! Thanks goes out to all Zapata County residents who supported this event.

Joseph Canales, with DEA, announced that the total for Laredo area was 1,939; for Eagle Pass/ Del Rio area, 484.9 pounds were turned in.

Remember, there are two permanent locations in Zapata County, the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office and the Justice of Peace, Precinct 2, in San Ygnacio. No questions are asked, just go by and drop your unused or expired Prescription of over-the-counter drugs in the box provided for that purpose. The next National Collection Day will be in October 2019. This is one way that this type of drugs is kept out of the hands of our youth, or being misused. Your help is appreciated.

To learn more about this program, visit: DEA National Rx Take Back

National Pill Take Back Day - Zapata, TX

Photo provided by SCAN, shows Zapata volunteers collected 94 pounds of unused drugs at their Take Back Pill Day.

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