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October 25, 2013

Drug take-back scheduled Saturday

Corsicana — Getting rid of old medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be done safely next Saturday as part of a Drug Take-Back, sponsored by IMPACT Navarro and Drug Prevention Resources, and the Corsicana and Corsicana ISD Police Departments.

The drug-take back will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, 509 W. Collin St. in Corsicana. Pills and liquid medications only, no inhalers or injection supplies.

“We concentrate on prescription drugs, but we’ll take anything,” said Alvis Reeves, executive director of IMPACT Navarro. “Last fall, someone brought us some castor oil. It looked like it had been purchased in 1925. We can take almost anything.”

The project is meant to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids and teens, but also to keep it out of the water supply.

“Most people say they get rid of it by flushing it down the toilet, but that’s the worst thing you can do. Filtration systems don’t screen out drugs, so you get hormones and blood pressure medicine and everything else in the drinking water. It’s very important to dispose of them the right way.”

The drugs will be collected by police officers from Corsicana Police Department and the Corsicana ISD Police Department, then taken to Ellis County to be combined with even more drugs, and then taken to the Drug Enforcement Agency, which incinerates them safely.

The drug take-back is anonymous and free. No identification is needed and no questions asked.

Locally, P&S Pharmacy will accept some drugs for disposal, but they can’t take narcotics. The drug take-back can accept narcotics.

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.

Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. is dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse through the innovative delivery of evidence-based strategies that empower youth, families and communities. IMPACT Navarro is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement, and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance abuse and build safe, healthy and drug-free communities.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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