~Take Back TM event aims to lower prescription drug abuse

The Drug Enforcement (DEA) will host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26th.

The scheduled event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who missed the previous event will have an opportunity to safely dispose unwanted, unused, prescription drugs.

During the last event of this free service, 742,491 pounds of prescription medications were collected from more than 5,829 different locations.

The DEA partnered with local and tribal law enforcement to ensure the rate of prescription drug use drops.

According to the DEA, the last five events collected 2.8 million pounds of prescription medication that was removed from circulation.

DEA is committed to reducing the potential for misuse of pharmaceutical drugs and will provide an increased number of drop-off locations across the Rio Grande Valley for this Take-Back initiative. This is a convenient opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley community to rid their medicine cabinets of unused, unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal, Will R. Glaspy, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA McAllen District Office said in a statement.

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

Mission Fire Department 1804 N. Shary Road Mission Edinburg Police Department 1702 South Closner Edinburg Office Depot 5115 N. 10th St. McAllen Peter Piper Pizza 2311 S. Cage St. Pharr Junior TMs Grocery Store 108 E. FM 495 San Juan Lack TMs Furniture 2500 E. US Hwy. 83 Rio Grande City Valle Vista Mall 2020 S. Expressway 83 Harlingen Sunrise Mall 2370 N. Expressway Brownsville Rio Hondo Post Office 109 Colorado Ave. Rio Hondo San Benito Police Department 601 Oscar Williams Road San Benito Port Isabel Police Department 110 W. Hickman Avenue Port Isabel