To the Editor,

IMPACT Waxahachie would like to thank those that participated in the Sept. 26 Prescription Drug Take Back Event. We had an extremely successful event, collecting 221 pounds of unused or expired prescription and over the counter medications at the Waxahachie location site, and over 927 pounds were collected at Prescription Drug Take Back Events around Ellis County.

The purpose of the Prescription Drug Take Back event is to offer a (free) place to dispose of unused or expired medications quickly, safely and anonymously. Next to marijuana, the most common illegal drugs teens are using to get “high” are prescription medications, and home medicine cabinets are the number one point of access for these drugs. It is NOT SAFE for the environment to throw away or flush medications.

Many thanks to our partners in the event: Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Waxahachie Police Department, WISD, and Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. I would like to thanks the IMPACT Waxahachie volunteers, and the Ellis County Young Marines that helped work the event, Waxahachie Daily Light, KBEC, Ellis County Press, Prosperity Bank, Citizens National Bank, and the City of Waxahachie for helping to get the word out to our community. Special thanks to Jose Blanco of the Schlotzsky’s in Waxahachie for providing lunch to our volunteers and law enforcement that worked the Take Back Event.

Shari Phillips,

IMPACT Waxahachie Coalition