Several Local law enforcement agencies are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency to prevent the abuse and theft of prescription pills.
The Copperas Cove Police Department announced Thursday it would collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs between April 24 and 29. From Monday through Friday, collection will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It will be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, which is also National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
On the national "Take-Back" day, nearly every local law enforcement organization -- including the Temple and Killeen Police Departments -- will have collection containers for prescription drugs. Find your nearest collection location by clicking here.
The DEA runs the "Take-Back" program, which operates nearly four thousand collection sites across the country. Nobody will ask any questions to those who dump pills -- a process which is completely anonymous.
"Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," Copperas Cove Police said in a press release. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs."
Police said a majority of Americans are unsure how to properly dispose of unused medicines and frequently flush them down toilets or throw them away, which can pose threats to public safety.