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"Take Back" program collects old prescription meds

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:01pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Waco police are teaming up with the DEA this week to launch a prescription take-back program.

Starting this Friday you can drop off old or unused prescription medicines at the police department.

They say the program is to help curb drug abuse because potentially dangerous meds are often targets of theft.

Mostly  from friends and family.

"A lot of times people don't keep much of an inventory on their own personal, use of prescription drugs. and if a bottle of hydrocodone or a bottle of cough syrup with codone, a lot of times people don't even recognize that and it can be abused by someone that got a hold of it," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Waco Police Spokesman.

The program will also assist the environment as medications flushed down the toilet can affect the city's water.

After the collection the drugs will be sent to the DEA so they can get rid of them safely.
 

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