Uniting Neighbors In Drug Abuse Defense (UNIDAD) Coalition, a program of Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, collaborated with the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District to revise their prescription disposal policy and update it to better assist the community and promote an alternative means to safely dispose of prescribed and non-prescribed medication that may be unused and/or expired. These new policy changes will be effective May 1st 2018.

According to the Texas School Survey in Region 11, 1 in 5 students in grades 7th through 12th grade have reported to have used prescription medications for recreational purposes or use in ways different that for what they were prescribed. The revision in the prescription disposal policy adds a safe alternative to disposing expired and unclaimed medication left behind from students and their families via use of deactivation disposal pouches, which are an environmentally friendly resource to dispose medications.

The implementation of a safe disposal policy between Edinburg CISD and UNIDAD Coalition is the first of its type in Hidalgo County. Furthermore, efforts by the coalition will continue to support and educate the community on the importance of proper disposal of their medication.

For more information on the Edinburg CISD policy, please contact Director of Health Services Diana Martinez at 289-2300 ext. 2027 or dm.martinez@ecisd.us

For more information on the UNIDAD Coalition and how it helps tackle prescription drugs misuse and abuse in our community. If you have any questions related to the prevention work that UNIDAD Coalition does in the community of Hidalgo County, please contact Vianca Vieyra at (956) 787-7004 ext. 14 or by email at vvieyra@bhsst.org