The Sherman Police Department collected 313 pounds of prescription drugs during October’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – the most ever collected for this event locally.

The Sherman Police Department collected 313 pounds of prescription drugs during October’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – the most ever collected for this event locally.


This was the third year for the Sherman Police to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is held twice per year in April and October. The event was created six years ago by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and gives people the opportunity to "discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers," according to a written statement by the DEA.


The Sherman Police set up drop-off points at the police department and the parking lot of the Sherman Town Center. Police collect the drugs under a "no questions asked" policy, meaning police will not ask what the turned-in drugs are or where they came from. However, a person who tries to turn in illegal drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine will be arrested, said Sherman Police Department Public Information Officer D.M. Hampton.


Hampton said SPD collected 112 pounds during the April event earlier this year.


Many people who participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day had a family member pass away and do not know what to do with prescription medication left behind by that person, Hampton said. It is also common for people to bring samples of prescription medication given to them by doctors.


After the drugs are collected, DEA agents from the agency’s Dallas division retrieve and destroy them.


Unused medications in homes can be unsafe, the DEA said in a written release. According to a 2011 DEA survey, twice as many Americans regularly abuse prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.