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UT Tyler Police Department Participates in National Take Back Initiative

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April 21, 2014

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

April 21, 2014

The University of Texas at Tyler Police Department encourages the UT Tyler community to participate in the 2014 Take Back Initiative, Mike Medders, police chief, announced.

The national initiative, held biannually, allows individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their prescription drugs.

"From April 21 – April 26, participants may drop off their unwanted/unused prescription drugs at the police department, which is located at 3410 Varsity Drive in the UT Tyler University Service Center, room 125," said Michael Seale, police lieutenant.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

Intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

For more information, contact Seale, 903.566.7060 or mseale@uttyler.edu.

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