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Elgin Police Department
Friday September 3rd, 2010 :: 02:48 p.m. CDT

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DEA Pill Take Back Program

Prescription drug abuse in this country is an epidemic. You could be partly to blame without even knowing it. With pill abuse at record levels, addicts are looking in as many medicine cabinets as possible – maybe even yours. We can help. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, DEA and its partners nationwide will operate collection sites where Americans can turn in their unused, unneeded, and expired prescription drug medications – no questions asked. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. Collection sites in this area will be at the Elgin Police Department and at the Austin Cornerstone Church in Austin. This is a free, anonymous service that will help keep your home safe and could save lives. Prescription drugs treat illness and alleviate pain, but they should only be used when prescribed by a doctor. Unfortunately, these medications often end up in the wrong hands. More than 70 percent of people who abuse these medications say they get them from family or friends. Many users of street drugs like heroin start with abusing painkillers. Don’t be an unknowing source. Strengthen your community and make your home safer by participating in this national initiative. For more information and to find a collection site near you, visit www.dea.gov. The Elgin site to run in your unused prescription(s) is at the Elgin Police Department located at 202 Depot St., 512-285-5757. The turn in site in Austin is located at 1101 Reinli Street, which is 20 miles from Elgin. The Elgin site was created so those wishing to turn in old prescriptions would not have to drive the 20 miles or more and this may attract citizens who live North, South and East of Elgin to make the short drive to Elgin.
Remember:
• The program is anonymous.
• Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
• Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

Address/Location
Elgin Police Department
202 Depot St
Elgin, TX 78621

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 512-285-5757

Phil Taylor
Police
ptaylor@pd.ci.elgin.tx.us
512-285-5757

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