It's time to get rid of those old expired prescription drugs. You know, the ones crowding up your medicine cabinet that you don't use anymore.

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 24, and both the Temple Police Department and the Copperas Cove Police Department will collect unused, expired medication.

This is a great opportunity to dispose of old medications safely and responsibly.

According to a press release from the City of Temple:

The public may drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications to the Temple Police Department lobby, 209 E. Avenue A,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The City is still working under COVID-19 protocols, so you are asked to practice your social distancing to help maintain the safety of law enforcement and others while dropping off your drugs.

TPD is collection tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescriptions drugs and will not accept liquids, syringes, or illegal drugs.

The Copperas Cove Police Department is also collecting expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 10-2p at 302 East Avenue E, Copperas Cove.

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According to the City of Copperas Cove press release, prescription drug abuse is rising in the U.S., as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. If you have kids in the house, this is a great time to get rid of any unused, unwanted drugs so they don't fall into the wrong hands or end up being accidently ingested by a curious kiddo.

As a reminder you should never flush unused drugs down the toilet or throw them away.

Programs like National Drug Take Back Day are designed to properly dispose of the drugs the right way so they don't end up in our water supply or in the wrong hands.

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