Ellis County citizens participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event last Saturday. And, after cleaning out their medicine cabinets of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, turned in a total of 897 pounds of expired and unused medications.

The program is a partnership of the DEA, Drug Prevention Resources, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Constable Pct. 1, Ennis, Ferris, Italy, Milford, Maypearl, Midlothian, Palmer, and Waxahachie Police Departments, Ennis ISD PD, Waxahachie ISD, and IMPACT Communities.

Collections for the participating April 28 take-back sites included Ennis (237 lbs), Maypearl (3 lbs) Midlothian (194 lbs), Palmer (7 lbs), Red Oak (129 lbs), and Waxahachie (327 lbs).

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 also has eight permanent drop box locations for any unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications. Those locations include:

Ennis - Ellis County Constable Pct. 1 (207 S. Sonoma Trail)

Ferris – Ferris Police Department (111 Ewing Blvd.)

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 (107 S. Main St.)

Maypearl – Maypearl Police Department (104 E. Second St.)

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, visit the website www.TheRxDropBox.com, or email sphillips@drugfreegen.org.