WAXAHACHIE – After cleaning out their medicine cabinets of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, Ellis County residents dropped off over 650 pounds of medications at one of the local Prescription Drug Take Back Locations for an environmentally safe and proper disposal.

Ellis County citizens participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 29.

This program is a partnership of the DEA, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Constable Pct. 1, Ennis, Italy, Milford, Maypearl, Midlothian, and Waxahachie Police Departments, Ennis ISD PD, Waxahachie ISD, Wal-Mart, REACH Council, and IMPACT Communities.

Collections for the participating RX Take Back sites on April 29th were Ennis (245 pounds), Midlothian (207 pounds), Waxahachie (177 pounds), and Maypearl (23 pounds), a total of 652 pounds of expired and unused medications collected in Ellis County.

The Prescription Drug Take Back is part of a national effort by law enforcement and community coalitions to reduce the availability of unmonitored medications in home medicine cabinets. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, as well as the home medicine cabinet.

Turning in medications to law enforcement officers is the best way to safely dispose of these potentially hazardous materials and keep them away from our youth. Please do not throw away or flush medications down a toilet, which results in contamination of our local water supplies and landfills.

Ellis County currently has five permanent drop box locations that residents can take and drop off unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Ennis - Ellis County Constable Pct. 1 (207 S. Sonoma Trail) Italy – Italy Police Department (161 W. Main) Midlothian – Midlothian Police Department (1150 N. US Hwy 67) Red Oak – Red Oak Police Department (547 N. Methodist St.) Waxahachie – Waxahachie Police Department (216 N. College) Milford - Milford Police Department (Coming Soon) For more information regarding the Prescription Drug Take Back, or questions on the permanent Rx Drug Drop Box locations in Ellis County, contact IMPACT Communities at (972) 937-1531 or email at sphillips@dpri.com.