National Prescription Drug Take Back takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office; Waxahachie, Ennis and Ennis ISD police departments; Waxahachie Fire Department; Waxahachie ISD; Constable Pct. 1 Roy Callender Jr.; Impact Waxahachie; Impact Ennis; and Drug Prevention Resources Inc. teaming up to offer two locations where people can drop off their unused medications.

One location will be at the Waxahachie High School parking lot, 1000 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

The other will be at the Walmart parking lot, 700 E. Ennis Ave. in Ennis.

The drug take back will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at both sites.

The initiative is free to the public and provides people with a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs and other medicines. There are no questions asked.

By participating in the Drug Take Back program, the public is helping to prevent crimes such as break-ins and teens taking unused pills and selling them.

It also helps prevent contamination of the water system, which occurs when people flush medications down a toilet.   

This will be the fourth year for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the program.

The drugs taken in at the two turn-in sites are transported to the DEA, where they are incinerated and destroyed.

Because of the incineration process, aerosols are not accepted. Also, for safety reasons, people are asked not to drop off needles.

April’s Drug Take Back saw residents turn in 394 pounds of outdated and unwanted prescription drugs between the two collection sites.