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April 21, 2013

Prescription drug take back event set

Corsicana — Local law enforcement, in partnership with IMPACT Navarro and Drug Prevention Resources, will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on Saturday, April 27.

Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Corsicana’s First Baptist Church, officers and volunteers 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 that 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 First Baptist Church parking lot at 501 West Collin Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

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: Navarro County Sheriff’s Department, Corsicana Police Department, Corsicana ISD Police Department, IMPACT Navarro (903-875-8727), or First Baptist Church.

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