Temple, TX — Last week's "Drug Take-Back" was so successful for the Temple Police Department that they are now implementing the program year round. They say programs like these keeps drugs out of the wrong people's hands.
"There was a need for the city to establish a place for people to bring their prescription medications and their unused pills and liquids and dispose of them properly, rather than just putting them in the toilets or down the sinks," said Temple police spokesman Christopher Wilcox.
Police say if unused medications end up in the wrong hands, that could lead to environmental problems, crimes, and accidental poisoning.
"Even if just five people a year use it. You know, that's five more prescriptions off the street," said Wilcox.
Local pharmacists, like Toby Young of the Medicine Shoppe in Belton, say expired medications are never a good idea to keep around.
"After the expiration date, we don't actually know what's in that bottle," said Young.
So, like Temple PD, his drug store participates in on-going drug disposal. Young says for about the past seven years, the Medicine Shoppe has kept a box in-store to collect drugs year round.
"Come in, and say you've got a bag. We'll take a look at it, and we'll take it off your hands. And, it's no cost to you," said Young.
When getting rid of any medication, Young says it must remain in its original container. And, sharps needles and controlled medications can't be dropped into the disposal boxes. Contact your local police department or physician for proper disposal instructions.
The Temple Police Department asks that liquid medications be inside a sealed container to prevent leaks and that no sharps or syringes be placed into the disposal receptacle. Anyone with any questions may contact the department at (254) 298-5530 during normal business hours. The secure disposal receptacle for Temple PD is in the front foyer of the police department, located at 209 East Avenue A, and it is available 24 hours a day.