East Texas organizations partner for prescription drug take-back

East Texas organizations partner for prescription drug take-back
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Prescription drugs. An often dangerous tool when placed in the wrong hands. It's a problem some East Texas organizations are hoping to eliminate. One way they're hoping to do so – take back your unused prescription meds.

"It's just an opportunity for people in the community to bring drugs in that they've got in their medicine cabinet that may be expired or just some they don't need anymore," said Donald Carroll, an environmental detective with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Thus a combined effort from organizations like The Angelina County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency to put on Saturday's drug take back.

Accepting both prescription drugs and even unused over the counter meds.

"It's just a lot better way to dispose of them to keep them out of the reach of children," Carroll said.

Children or someone simply looking to score their next high.

"You're medicine cabinet is the new drug dealer in town," said Maria Caldera, coordinator with The Coalition.

That's one way Caldera puts the situation into perspective for her clients.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse about 100 Americans die each day from prescription drug overdoses.

And next to marijuana, Caldera says prescription drugs are the most used among youth.

"If they know there's drugs sitting there in the medicine cabinet, it's a temptation for them, so removing that temptation can be a benefit," Carroll said.

And if you think tossing those meds down the drain is the best option, think again.

"That chemical is still active and it gets into our water system and definitely affects our aquatic life," Caldera said.

So what exactly does the DEA do with all those collected prescription drugs after you drop them off? Burn them.

The Drug Take-Back is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Angelina County Jail.

And the best part, you don't even have to get out of your car. Simply drive up and drop them in the designated bin.

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