DEA holding prescription drug 'take-back' across Valley

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is teaming up with Rio Grande Valley law enforcement officials to get prescriptions drugs away from the hands of children.

Their goal is to keep unused prescription drugs off cabinet shelves to decrease drug abuse.

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

Will Glaspy with the DEA TMs office in McAllen told Action 4 News that these statistics are due to the easy access to prescription drugs.

For some some children, it's as easy as opening their parents TM medicine cabinet.

"Because of where we are located in the Rio Grande Valley we are a transshipment point of drugs coming from Mexico and we are more focused on that, but what people don't realize is that prescription drugs is the second most abused drugs behind marijuana, Glaspy said.

Purging home medicine cabinets is just one of the ways you can reduce prescription drug abuse.

Other strategies include education-monitoring programs and increased enforcement.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Collection Sites will be set up at the following locations in the Rio Grande Valley:

Lack TMs Furniture Store 2500 E. U.S. Highway 83 Rio Grande City Junior TMs Grocery Store 190 West Main Ave. Alton Foy TMs Grocery Store 500 South Conway Mission Mission Fire Department 1200 N. Shary Road Mission McAllen City Hall 1300 Houston Ave. McAllen Lowe TMs Home Improvement 5700 N. 10th St. McAllen Edinburg Police Department 1702 Closner Edinburg University of Texas PanAm 1201 W. University Dr. Edinburg Pharr City Hall 118 S. Cage St. Pharr Junior TMs Grocery Store 6501 S. Cage St. Pharr Lowe TMs Home Improvement 1015 E. Expressway 83 Weslaco Valle Vista Mall 2020 S. Expressway 83 Harlingen Sunrise Mall 2370 N. Expressway Brownsville

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