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SUDS on Tap at Melissa Fire Department

Staff reports
Anna-Melissa Tribune
SUDS drug disposal pouches can be obtained at the Melissa Fire Station.

The Melissa Fire Department is now offering SUDS (single-use disposal system) pouches for drug disposal.  The program supplements the popular bi-annual Drug Take Back Events hosted by the city. 

Fire department officials identified the need for this program after the recent take back events showed just how many mediations continue to accumulate in medicine cabinets across the city. COVID-19 also heightened the need for this option since it is now difficult for many people to participate in public drug take backs.

SUDS are self-addressed, postage-paid large envelopes that are available in the entry foyer of the Melissa Fire Station at 1933 East Melissa Road. Residents may put both prescribed and over-the-counter medications in the envelopes and drop them at any USPS mailbox.

Envelopes will then be sent to an approved location for proper disposal. This service is free, and users are not required to specify a return address. Residents are also allowed to take as many envelopes as needed. However, they are encouraged to anonymously fill out an accompanying postcard that provides information on the program’s effectiveness.

The SUDS program is being implemented in coordination with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. It is funded by that bureau’s Texas Targeted Opioid Response initiative. Residents are encouraged to use the envelopes as an alternative to throwing drugs and mediations in the trash or flushing them down the toilet, which can be particularly harmful to the community. 

“The SUDS program is especially important for homebound persons,” Division Chief Chad Reed says. “A neighbor, friend or family member can assist by picking up one or two SUDS envelopes, delivering them to the homebound individual, and then retrieving them for depositing in the mail. It’s a service that helps all of us.” 

SUDS envelopes are available at the Melissa Fire Station 24 hours per day. For more information, visit the city of Melissa website.