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Courtesy photo Showing off the new prescription drug deposit box located in the Rice Police Department are, left to right, Police Chief Charles Parson, Sgt. Robert Huddleston, and department secretary Celeste Martinez.

The Rice Police Department has partnered with IMPACT Communities to provide the citizens of Rice with a Prescription Drug Disposal Program. Citizens are encouraged to dispose of any expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications in a drug disposal container located in the Rice Police Department.

Pills and liquid medications will be accepted; however, inhalers, syringes and needles are not. It is advised to keep medications in a secure container for disposal; no loose pills please. The service is anonymous and free of charge.

Turning in medications to law enforcement drug disposal programs is the best way to safely dispose of these potentionally hazardous materials and keep them away from our youth. Please do not throw away or flush medications down a toilet, which results in contamination of our local water supplies and landfills.

The Prescription Drug Disposal Program is a community effort 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.

If you shoud have further questions regarding the Prescription Drug Disposal Program please contact IMPACT Communities at 903-875-8727 or email areeves@drugfreegen.org.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to empower change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org