East Texas law enforcement, DEA to host free medication drop-off events

Dispose of all unused, expired medications “no questions asked”

Tyler Police, DEA to host free medication drop-off event

EAST TEXAS, TX (KLTV) - Across East Texas, law enforcement agencies is teaming up with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to help residents make sure their leftover prescription drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands.

Law enforcement agencies in Tyler, Athens, Jacksonville, Marshall, Daingerfield, and other cities will be available to take prescription drugs from the public, no questions asked, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Maybe someone passed away in the family and they had all these medications, and you don’t know what to do with it,” said Don Martin, public information officer with Tyler Police Department. “You can take it down there to a box, that is self-contained. We’ll gather all that up in a day’s time, it’s brought back [to the police department] where it’s logged, and then it’s taken to the DEA, where it’s destroyed.”

Medications including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medicine, vitamins, minerals and medication samples are all accepted.

Medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, sharps, inhalers, thermometers, nebulizers, and IV bags cannot be accepted.

“It’s a great program, we have a lot of people who call us every year asking ‘hey, do you guys take medications’,” said Martin. “Some police departments actually have mailboxes people try to drop these in, or people try to take them to pharmacies and they say ‘hey we can’t take these’, so this is a nice thing we do this for the citizens so they can get rid of them.”

The medication drop-off event will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a list of addresses participating near you, or to explore other ways to dispose, please visit the ETX Rx website.

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