FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016
Contact: Gretchen Reuwer, NBU Public Affairs Manager, (830) 629-8486
NBU to host Operation MedSafe on April 30
NEW BRAUNFELS—NBU, in partnership with the New Braunfels Police Department, and Home Instead Senior Care, will host Operation MedSafe on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drug take back initiative offers NBU customers a disposal opportunity for their unused and expired pills and tablets, and helps to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals that are released into the wastewater and water systems.
“NBU has taken a proactive approach to reducing the presence of pharmaceuticals in the wastewater and water systems,” NBU Public Affairs Manager Gretchen Reuwer says. “By hosting this event in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) nationwide initiative, we can offer our residents an alternative to flushing medications or pouring them down a drain.”
New Braunfels residents or their family caregivers can bring their items to one of two NBU locations this year. Drop off will be available at NBU Main Office employee parking lot where officers will be on hand to receive the drop-off of pills and capsules. The NBU Main Office is located at 263 E. Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels and the employee parking lot can be accessed via the drive thru next to Naegelin’s Bakery on Seguin Avenue or from Comal Avenue. The other location is the NBU Service Center at 355 FM 306.
Residents are asked to bring a current NBU bill or photo ID for proof of residency and to keep their medications in their original prescription containers, if possible, until they hand them over to a police officer. These will then be transferred to a DEA-provided storage bag. The pill bottles will have any identifying information marked off by NBU volunteers and these will be transferred to the City of New Braunfels recycling center for disposal. After the event, all medications will be properly disposed of by the New Braunfels Police Department and the DEA. Representatives from NBU and event partners will be on hand to provide information about safe disposal of pharmaceuticals, and register participants for door prizes.
Visit www.operationmedsafe.com for complete information about time, location and the type of items accepted at this event, or call (830) 629-8486.