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Prevent poisoning: Drop off your old prescriptions on April 26

2014 May 2
by HISD Communications

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day more than 300 children are treated in a U.S. emergency department, and two of them die, as a result of being poisoned.

One of the simplest ways to prevent unintentional poisoning is to get rid of expired and no-longer-needed medicines, vitamins, and nutritional supplements, whether they are prescription or over-the-counter.

The U.S. Department of Justice will be hosting its annual National Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, and families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity by sorting through their medicine cabinets and dropping off anything they no longer need at any of dozens of collection sites around the city.

You can also find instructions for how to properly dispose of unused medicines in your household trash (don’t just flush them down the toilet!) on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Here are some other dates you might want to mark on your calendar:

  • April 1-30: Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • April 24-27: Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 
  • April 26: School Choice Fair
  • April 26: CSTEM Challenge
  • May 2: Gen TX Day
  • May 4: Lemonade Day
  • May 8: Regular Board meeting
  • May 10: Houston Art Car Parade
  • May 17: Empty Bowls
  • May 26: Memorial Day (school in session)
  • May 29: Last day of school (students)
  • May 30-June 8: Graduation ceremonies (.pdf)
  • June 2-Aug. 1: Summer schedule in effect
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