Lufkin PD taking back unwanted prescription drugs

Lufkin PD taking back unwanted prescription drugs

LUFKIN, TX (AP) - If you are preparing your fall cleaning, the Lufkin Police Department is there to help locals clean out their medicine cabinets.

On Saturday, September 26th from 10am-2pm the LPD will be organizing a Take Back Day event with help from the police department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

By turning over unused, expired, or unwanted prescription pills and substances you are helping prevent others from pill abuse and theft of prescription pills.

Bring your pills for disposal to the department at 300 E. Shepherd Ave.

Last year over 309 tons of prescription drugs we turned over, spreading over 5,500 sites set up by the DEA along with 4,000 state and local law enforcement officers.

Combined with previous events it brings the total to over 4.8 million pounds of pills.

Studies show that majority of prescription drug abuse comes from obtaining through family and friends, right from their home medicine cabinet. And old methods of disposal, such as throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet, can cause potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26th "Take Back Day" event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site.

KTRE Fall intern Gracy Kheshtinejad contributed to this story.