Proper disposal: DEA holds ‘take back’ day for trashing prescription drugs

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Police Department wants you to dispose of your prescription medications properly.

Do you have old medications at home you need to get rid of but don’t just want to throw in the trash?

Whatever you do, don’t flush them down the toilet.

Instead, you will be able to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day going on tomorrow.

Officers will have a drop-off location near the food court at Valle Vista Mall tomorrow. They’ll be there from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Harlingen police and the DEA encourages everyone to dispose of medications so they won’t get in the hands of children or those who might abuse them.

Only pills, tablets and capsules will be accepted. Agencies will not accept liquid medications or any type of needles, according to the DEA.

The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

Harlingen Police Sgt. Dave Osborne has said the medications do not need to be in a bottle, and anyone can turn in another person’s unneeded prescription drugs.

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Drop Off Locations

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Harlingen: Valle Vista Mall near food court, 2020 S Expressway 83.

• Brownsville: Sunrise Mall in front of Luby’s Restaurant, 2370 N. Expressway.

• San Benito: San Benito Police Department, 601 N. Oscar Williams Road.

• Lyford: Lyford CISD Police Department, 8204 Simon Gomez Road.