On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Terrell Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 18th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Terrell Police Department lobby at 1100 N. State Highway 34.

The Terrell Police Department is one of several agencies within Kaufman County that are participating in this program. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This past April, Americans turned in to local and tribal law enforcement partners 937,443 pounds

(468.72 tons) of prescription drugs at 6,258 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law

enforcement partners.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since May of 2016 to 11.82 million pounds. This program has greatly reduced the risk of opioid misuse by our children, friends and neighbors.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in

home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug

abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

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