LPD teams up with Lubbock Spine Institute for medication take back event

Big turnout for medication take back event

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Spine Institute partnered with the Lubbock Police Department on Friday to help people properly dispose of their prescription drugs.

Their goal: making sure expired or unused pills don’t land in the wrong hands.

Chief Greg Stevens of the Lubbock Police Department said all medication should be disposed of in the correct manner.

“What we’re most interested in are the kinds of medication that are typically highly addictive, or that people can abuse, like opioids and other pain killers,” Chief Stevens said.

He said he doesn’t want any kind of prescription to fall into the wrong hands, especially children.

Carolina Mendoza dropped off expired medication today. She said it was a great opportunity because it’s difficult to dispose of prescriptions correctly, and a lot of people are not aware of where to take them.

“I saw this and thought it was an awesome thing. I said, I’ve got to come and drop off my stuff,” Mendoza said.

It was the first time the Lubbock Spine Institute and LPD have teamed up for a drug take back, but, after today’s success, they’re hoping to make it an annual event.

It was a community event. People were invited to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers after dropping off their medication.

Joy Vaughn also dropped off medication today. She said she had some prescriptions from her doctor that were still in the box. She said she knew she couldn’t take them back, so she brought them to the drop-off.

“This is helpful, very helpful,” Vaughn said.

Dr. Bolkar Sahinler of the Lubbock Spine Institute said the event went above and beyond what they were expecting. He is already thinking of how to make the next drug take back even more effective.

“Getting rid of these medications is not as easy as flushing them or throwing them in the trash can,” Dr. Sahinler said.

He said an event like this is important, and he is happy to receive such a positive response from the community.

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