Saturday’s prescription drug take back event held in Waxahachie and Ennis was successful in seeing community members dispose of their medications in an environmental-friendly manner.

The event was hosted by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ennis Police Department and Waxahachie Police Department in partnership with Impact Waxahachie, Impact Ennis and Drug Prevention Resources.

“Most of us have a lot of unused, unwanted and unmonitored prescription medications in our cabinets. It is easy for people to get their hands on those and use them for the wrong purpose. This is a safe way to bring them in and they will be taken away today and be incinerated in a safe manner by the Drug Enforcement Administration,” Drug Prevention Resources coalition coordinator Larry Wilson said.

“Our job at Drug Prevention Resources is to help prevent underage drinking and substance abuse in communities,” he said. “We are a no profit organization and have been in business for 76 years. Any opportunity that we have to work with law enforcement and DEA in these types of initiatives we try to help.”

Wilson said it’s important not to throw unused or unwanted medications down the drain because that can be harmful, with unseen affects to both people and the environment.

Waxahachie Police Department community relations officer Wess Winn agreed with Wilson such a practice poses a big risk.

Sheriff’s deputy Ken Hatcher said doing a collection such as the one held Saturday prevents medications ranging from painkillers to high blood pressure pills from being used and abused by the wrong person.

“It has mostly been elderly folks that have been coming through today,” he said. “We had one lady that came by who dropped off some medication that she had for nine years and didn’t know what to do with it.”

Items collected during Saturday’s event included creams, liquids, pills, over the counter medications and prescription medicines. The only items not accepted were needles or syringes.

Residents who took part could drop off their items anonymously. Collections were held at 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.

Wilson said any residents who have questions about how and where to properly dispose of medication can contact Drug Prevention Resources at 972-518-1821 for additional information.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.