Tyler Police host medication cleanout drop off event

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Tyler Police Department:

TYLER, TX - Tyler Police Department along with (DEA) Drug Enforcement Agency and North Texas Poison Center are hosting a Medication Cleanout Event. This event will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Two locations in Tyler are designated as drop off medication points they are:

1) BancorpSouth, 7600 S. Broadway
2) Eagle Academy of Tyler, 2235 W. Gentry Parkway.

Just drive-up and drop off your medications without getting out of your vehicle.

"No Questions Asked"

These drive-through events are free and allow you to turn in unused and expired medications for safe disposal. It is important to clean out your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. Young children may confuse it with something to eat or drink, and keeping unneeded medications with teenagers can lead to potential drug abuse. 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.

"Recent changes in the guidelines for medication disposal have also made events like these even more important. It's not safe to simply flush your medications down the toilet anymore" said Pamela Manzo, event coordinator and public health educator with the North Texas Poison Center.

The North Texas Poison Center held its first Medication Cleanout event June 26 in Dallas. More than 350 participants donated 773 pounds of medications at the event. The Medication Cleanout is also sponsored by BancorpSouth and Brookshire's. For more information, visit www.medicationcleanout.com.