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Law enforcement to ‘take back’ drugs

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SHARI PHILLIPS 

Special to The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Local law enforcement, in partnership with IMPACT Waxahachie and Drug Prevention Resources, will host a “Prescription Drug Take Back” on Saturday, Oct. 29. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., officers will be collecting unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal. 

The “Prescription Drug Take Back” is part of a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency 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 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. Please do not throw away or flush medications, which results in contamination of the water supply.

To participate, please bring your unused prescription drugs to a “Take Back” location. Medications will be accepted at three locations in Ellis County: Chik-fil-A in Waxahachie (996 W Highway 287), Brookshire’s in Red Oak (105 East Ovilla Rd) and SuperOne Foods in Ennis (1205 W. Ennis Ave).

Pills and liquid medications will be accepted; however, officers will not be able to accept inhalers or injection supplies. The service is anonymous and free of charge. No identification will be required before disposal, and no questions will be asked.

For more information regarding the “Prescription Drug Take Back” please contact one of the partner agencies: Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, Waxahachie Police Department, IMPACT Waxahachie, and Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. 


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