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'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' encourages safe disposal of old medication

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

National Prescription Take Back Day is an initiative started by the DEA, it was launched in 2010. With the growing number of opioid related deaths and the misuse of prescription medication it aims to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of your unused medication.

"We don't want them thrown in the dumpster, in the garbage where our pets our children, anybody has access to them," said Jennifer Nall, pharmacist director at Grace Medical Clinic. "We also don't want it reaching our water system into our soil. Medications have high concentrations of many different chemicals some harmful some not, or some that may become harmful after it is expired."

The Wolfforth Police Department has one of many prescription drug drop off boxes in Lubbock County. Lieutenant Partick Austin said this box is used more often than originally expected. It's open year round, essentially helping reduce the amount of prescription drugs circulating on the streets.

"By disposing of it properly and getting out of the home when it is no longer needed then you stop it at the source," said Lt. Austin. "I think it really does help benefit and alleviating some of that abuse."

The National Prescription Take Back Day is Saturday October 26th. Over the counter medication and needles will not be accepted. Nall said don't get rid of medication by simply throwing it in the trash, keep all medication away from children. This is also the first year these take-back boxes will accept vaping devices including cartridges.

For a full list of take back box locations in Lubbock click here







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