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Saturday is the day East Texas to get rid of your old, expired, and unused prescription medication because Saturday is DEA Drug Take Back Day. Many police departments across East Texas are working in conjunction with pharmacies, healthcare providers, and others to get the unneeded medication out of kitchen and bathroom cabinets and properly dispose of it.  The DEA and local law enforcement are hosting this free, no questions asked event to make our communities safer by removing unused drugs from our homes in hopes of reducing drug misuse, overdose, and deaths. And to prevent any form of addiction to begin.

Locations where you can take your outdated prescriptions Saturday, April 30th:

All happening Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (unless noted otherwise)

  • Tyler - Tyler Police Department
    Brookshire's - 100 Rice Road (Rice and Broadway)
  • Longview - Longview Police Department
    302 W. Cotton St.
  • Hallsville - Hallsville Police Department
    105 W. Main St.
  • Kilgore - Kilgore Police Department
    Walmart - 1201 Stone St.
  • Athens - Athens Police Department
    Athens Partnership Center - 201 W. Corsicana St.
  • Palestine - Palestine Police Department
    504 N. Queen St.
  • Gladewater - Gladewater Police Department
    Gladewater Police Department Lobby - 511 S. Tyler St.
  • Gilmer - Gilmer Police Department
    Gilmer Civic Center - 1218 U.S. Hwy. 271 N.
  • Marshall - Marshall Police Department
    Walmart - 1701 E. End Blvd. N.
  • Daingerfield - Morris County Sheriff's Office
    Morris County Sheriff's Office - 502 Union St.
  • Waskom - Harrison County Sheriff's Office
    Pizza-N-More - 380 W. Texas Ave.
  • Sulphur Springs - Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
    Atwoods - 817 Gilmer St.
  • Jefferson - Jefferson Police Department
    Brookshire's - 404 E. Broadway St.

The DEA and local law enforcement offices have been hosting this Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year for several years now. According to the DEA.gov site, last year there were 4,276 participating departments nationwide hosting 4,982 collection sites. On this one day, 744,082 pounds of expired or unused medications were turned over to be properly disposed of.

On October 23, 2021, in Texas, the last drug take back event, there were 194 law enforcement departments participating and hosting 217 collection sites that took in 55,749 pounds of prescription medication. Since the program's inception, Texans have turned over 1,190,946 pounds of medications.

It is worth noting that during these events on Saturday, April 30th only pills and tablets will be accepted. Liquid or aerosol medications will not be accepted.

For more information and specifics on Take Back Day, please consult the DEA website. And if you have any unused or expired medication in your home, please dispose of it Saturday at one of these drop-off locations.

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