Lakeway Police Department will join agencies across the country to collect unwanted and expired prescription medications as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The public may drop off their medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 in the parking lot of the Lakeway Justice Center, 104 Cross Creek.
“Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs and prevent them from being abused or disposed improperly,” Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford said. ...“Please take advantage of our Take-Back Day to drop off your unwanted or expired prescription medications.”
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which is leading the nationwide effort.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash may be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
The Lakeway Police Department will accept prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, liquid medications, such as cough syrup, vitamins, herbal supplements and pet medicine.
They will not accept needles and sharps, EpiPens, mercury thermometers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, oxygen containers, pressurized containers/inhalers or illicit drugs.
No effort will be made to count, inventory or log medications.
For information on prescription drug abuse, go to:
For information on the local event, call Lakeway Police Department at 512-314-7590.
The Lakeway City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance April 23 to suspend the city charter’s provision for three-year terms for councilmembers, due to a flaw in Lakeway’s Home Rule Charter.
An amendment to the charter in November 2014 specifies three-year terms for councilmembers. However, accommodations for majority elections, as required by the Texas Constitution for three-year terms, was not part of that amendment. Therefore, the Texas Secretary of State foun...d the city’s election of councilmembers by a plurality of votes to be unconstitutional.
When city officials became aware of the situation last week, they began immediate action to correct it.
With the guidance of the Secretary of State’s office and a bevy of attorneys, the City Council was able to find an acceptable solution. The council was able to suspend the three-year term provision in the charter and revert to two-year terms. This will allow the city to continue to elect councilmembers by a plurality vote until it can address the flaw in the charter. Therefore, the prevailing candidates in the current May 5 general election will be limited to two-year terms.
The action to suspend three-year terms also negates the need to call a special election to fill a vacancy on the council. When current Councilmember Jean Hennagin filed to run for mayor in the present election, she was deemed to have resigned her council seat because of a stipulation in the Texas Constitution that applies only to three-year terms. By reverting to two-year terms, the stipulation no longer applies and a special election is not required.
Due to a provision in the Texas Constitution that restricts home rule charter amendments to no more than every two years, if the current election results in a revision to the charter, the city cannot call a vote to address the flaw until November 2020.
While the City Council regretted making the change, it believed action was required in order to bring the city’s voting procedure into compliance with the Texas Constitution and election code.