The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Impact Waxahachie and Drug Prevention Resources, will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on April 30. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., officers will collect unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal.

Medications will be accepted at two locations in Ellis County: The Office Depot parking lot located at 1201 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie, and the Super One Food parking lot at 1205 W. Ennis Ave. in Ennis.

The prescription take back is part of a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency to reduce the availability of unmonitored medications in home medicine cabinets. There is a rising trend of youth consuming prescription and over-the-counter medications for illicit purposes and home medicine cabinets are the No. 1 source of access for these substances. Many residents do not know how to properly dispose of unused or expired medications, as they should not be thrown away or flushed into the water system.

To participate, take your unused prescription drugs to either location. Pills and liquid medications will be accepted; however, the sheriff’s office will not be able to accept inhalers or injection supplies. The drugs will be anonymously collected in DEA-provided containers and destroyed.  Law enforcement personnel will be present throughout the event. 

Drug Prevention Resources Inc. is dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse through the innovative delivery of evidence-based strategies that empower youth, families and communities. Impact Waxahachie is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance abuse and build communities that are safe, healthy and drug-free.