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Prescription drugs to be taken back Saturday


The Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take-Back Prescription Drugs Day Saturday.

Unused or expired prescription drugs -- both liquid and solid, but no syringes -- will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the north parking lot at the Law Enforcement Center, 105 W. 12th. Drop off of drugs will be anonymous, said Chuck White, a detective with the Ellis County Sheriff's office.

This is the fourth time the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit has been part of the effort. Last time, 25 pounds of drugs were turned in, White said.

"We've had really good luck in the past," White said. "I think it's a really good program."

White said the prescription drugs most abused in the area are opiates, adding prescription drugs are readily available in medicine cabinets.

In the DEA's Take-Back Day in October, more than 377,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in at more than 5,000 sites nationwide for safe disposal.