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East Texans find safe ways to dispose their prescription drugs through national event

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East Texans are getting rid of their unused or expired prescription drugs safely through an organized drug take-back day.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says events like this are important because many people don't have a safe way to throw out unwanted prescriptions.      

Tyler police are one of the many police stations in East Texas partnering with the DEA on their National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

"This is a national thing that we're doing, but it also affects people in East Texas," said Kerri Long, Tyler Police Officer.
The event started 3 years ago, and since then, they have safely disposed almost 3 million pounds of prescription drugs.

"We don't want the drugs to get in the wrong people's hands," said Long. "We want people to bring them to us so that we can give them to the DEA. They will take it to an incinerator."

Along with the concerns of the DEA and police, Wendy Velin is also concerned about her prescription drugs getting in the wrong hands.

"I think this is an excellent idea especially with small children in our home," said Velin. "They tend to get into things. We're trying to be good parents but if kids break into your home, what are they looking for? The first thing they are going to go to is the drug cabinet."

The take-back process is easy and completely confidential. There are no questions asked by police or the DEA.

Police say there are risks if prescription drugs are not disposed of properly.

"We don't want people to flush them down the toilet because that taints the water. We also don't want people throwing drugs in the trash because people can get in the trash and take them. Animals also can get in the trash and take them," said Long.

The Tyler Police Department says this was their biggest drug take-back event yet.

The drug take-back happens every 6 months nationwide.

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