Three local police departments are offering residents a chance to turn in their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during a national drug take-back event this week.
The Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove police departments are providing drop-off locations and disposal of unwanted prescription medication.
Residents can drop off prescription drugs with the desk officer on duty in the lobby of the Killeen Police Department, 3304 Community Blvd., or the desk officer at the North Precinct, 402 N. Second St.
The Harker Heights Police Department will hold its drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 402 Indian Trail.
Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson said the department has had success in the past with the program, which keeps expired and potential dangerous medications out of the wrong hands.
“We took in close to 50 or 60 pounds of medication last year,” Wilson said.
Residents can drop off medications anonymously from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Copperas Cove Police Department, 302 E. Avenue E.
Copperas Cove police Sgt. Joaquin Salazar said the department took in about 75 pounds of medication during last year’s drug take-back program.
The annual national drug take-back initiative is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This year, more than 4,000 collection sites will be open across the nation.
All medications collected are handed over to the DEA.
“The DEA asks the agencies to help them out,” Salazar said. “We collect it, then (the DEA) takes it, and disposes of the drugs.”