Turn in unused prescription drugs

HARLINGEN — An annual event happening for several years comes back this weekend.

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the police department is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the food court at the Valle Vista Mall.

“We are calling for old and expired prescription drugs. This is in order to reduce contamination in our water system and properly dispose of the medications,” police spokesman Commander David Osborne said.

“People sometimes dump them in the trash or flush them and it contaminates the environment. These will get incinerated to disintegrate to not end up in landfills,” he said.

The proper disposal of old medications also serves the purpose of avoiding people from taking them.

“Expired prescribed drugs lose their effectiveness and some people take the same medications for years. It will not help them anymore,” he said.

According to him, the national program is trying to minimize contamination and help others at the same time.

People who cannot make it to the drop-off location on Saturday can still drop their expired medication at national pharmacies such as CVS with a proper drop-off box.

What It Is

What: DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Near food court entrance at the Valle Vista Mall on 2020 S. Expressway 83