Judy Truesdell – Guest Contributor
Oct 9 2017
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Safely dispose of drugs Oct. 28 in Wylie.

The Wylie Police Department invites the public to take part in a Drug Take-Back Event slated for Oct. 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 2000 N. Hwy. 78, Wylie. The service is free and anonymous. Labels do not need to be removed.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications may be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectable items, and syringes will not be collected due to the potential hazard.

"Help us prevent pill abuse, theft and accidents by getting expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications out of your home," said Wylie PD's Crime Prevention Officer Nuria Arroyo. "The service is free and anonymous ... no questions asked."

More than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs according to the recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

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