Hundreds of people die each day from drug overdoses around the country, and as this Saturday is National Take Back Day, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is trying to bring that number down by getting people to turn in their unused medications.
The Wichita Falls Police Department and United Regional are getting a head start and asking for the community to get rid of unwanted prescriptions, needles and syringes Friday.
From 11 a.m.—2 p.m, drop off your prescriptions in the box they will have provided.
Police officers said this program helps to get extra prescription drugs out of the house and off the streets.
“We got just over 200 pounds of medication turned in and 40 pounds of it which was actual narcotics-related medicines, so that stuff that is not getting into the wrong hands or into our sewer systems,” WFPD officer Brian Masterson said.
The drop off location will be at United Regional on Circle Drive at the south side of the emergency room.
This event is anonymous with no questions asked when dropping off your items.