Pharr, Texas.- According to the Texas School Survey on Drug and Alcohol Use in Region 11 of Health and Human Services in 2018, 16 percent of adolescents in South Texas have abused prescription drugs in their lives, 3 percent less than the entire state.
The Association of Neighbors in the Defense of Drug Abuse (UNIDAD) Hidalgo Regency Coalition has participated in national drug recovery days, supporting DEA and share information about the safety of prescription drugs.
National Prescription Recovery Day was created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to educate the public about the importance of proper disposal of medicines and reduce misuse of prescription drugs.
As part of the effort, secure mailboxes are placed throughout the community to offer safe and anonymous disposal of medicines that are unwanted, unused and expired. that DEA Holds National Recovery Day twice a year, once in April and once in October.
When asked where they got access to prescription drugs, most responded that they got it from family members and their equipment.
This year, on October 26 from 10:00 to 02:00, DEA will be present in the community to take unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Over the past years, the Coalition of Neighboring Unions in the Defense of Drug Abuse (UNIDAD) from Hidalgo District has participated in the National Recovery Day which provides support to DEA and share information about the safety of prescription drugs.
UNIT Coalition focuses on issues such as the consumption of alcohol by minors, excessive alcohol consumption, cannabis and synthetic, and misuse of prescription drugs.
UNIDAD is working with local organizations and cities to approve policies that help prevent drug abuse, for example the year-round prescription drug box that is present in Hidalgo District.
According to the National Narcotics Control Office, Texas is above the national level of teens who abuse painkillers. Very often, drugs are taken from the medicine cabinet in their home.