Local law enforcement and IMPACT Communities, a program of Drug Prevention Resources, will host the semi-annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Oct. 27. Officers will collect unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at the following locations:

Waxahachie – Coleman Jr. High Parking Lot (1000 N. Hwy 77) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ennis – Ennis ISD Administration Building (303 Knox St.) 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Palmer – City Hall (113 W. Jefferson) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Red Oak – Red Oak Police Department (547 N. Methodist) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Maypearl – Maypearl Police Department (104 E. Second) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Milford – Milford Police Department (107 S. Main) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Italy – Italy Police Department (161 W. Main) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ferris – Gazebo on the Town Square (100 Town Plaza) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Prescription Drug Take-Back is part of a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the availability of unmonitored medications in home medicine cabinets. This October event marks the 16th DEA take-back day that helps prevent prescription abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

This past April Americans turned in 474.5 tons — or 949,046 pounds — of prescription drugs at 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” stated Shari Phillips, IMPACT Communities DFC Program Manager. “In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.”

Accepted medicines, in addition to unused and outdated prescriptions, are over-the-counter pills and liquid medications, as well as pet medications. Officers will not be able to accept inhalers or injection needle supplies. The service is anonymous and free of charge. No identification will be required before disposal.

Drug Prevention Resources operates seven IMPACT Coalitions. IMPACT Communities is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance use disorder and build healthy, drug-free communities. For more information, visit drugfreegeneration.org.