Valley School District Offering Prescription Drug Disposal

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SAN PERLITA – Prescription drug disposal just got easier for students in the San Perlita Independent School District.

Medical policy collaboration between the school district and the Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, Communities Against Substance Abuse Coalition, is looking to tackle prescription drug abuse.

This is the first time in the Rio Grande Valley a school district serves as a place for students to safely dispose of unused or expired medication.

According to the Texas School Survey in Region 11, one in five students from grades seventh through twelfth reported having abused prescription medication.

Students can dispose of unused, expired or unclaimed prescription medication with the district nurse, Jessica Garza. Garza said she’s glad the district, along with CASA, is taking a proactive stance.

Garza explained sometimes teens get a hold of these drugs because they are accessible.

“If we can have them feel comfortable enough to come to us and say ‘Hey, I am aware that you have these disposable pouches here, can I dispose of this? Can I get rid of these medications?” said Garza.

Every month, at no cost to the schools, CASA will provide pouches that dissolve the drugs.

For parent Jose Hernandez, this is good news. He says teens experiment with prescription medication which can lead to harder drugs down the road. He approves of the district's new approach to combat drug abuse.

“We serve as those second parents to some of these children so anyway that we can help them, any resource, any outside resource that we can get to partner up with to better these students, we're going to jump at it,” said Garza.

The pouches will also help the district safely dispose of any unclaimed medication left behind by students and their families at the end of the school year.

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