Etiquette aficionados say it’s poor form to sneak a peek inside someone’s medicine cabinet. Fortunately for local residents, Saturday will provide an opportunity to remove any vestigial bottles from behind the mirror. For the third year in a row, the Sherman Police Department will be taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, providing several drop-off locations for Texomans to rid themselves of past-due pills.

Etiquette aficionados say it’s poor form to sneak a peek inside someone’s medicine cabinet. Fortunately for local residents, Saturday will provide an opportunity to remove any vestigial bottles from behind the mirror. For the third year in a row, the Sherman Police Department will be taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, providing several drop-off locations for Texomans to rid themselves of past-due pills.


"This is a time that people can bring unused and expired prescription medications to be disposed of in a safe manner," said Sherman Sergeant D.M. Hampton. "The Sherman Police Department will have drop-off points at the Sherman Police Department (317 S. Travis) and at Sherman Town Center (Target parking lot)."


Sherman was one of 4,312 jurisdictions that participated in the the take-back day in April, according to figures released by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agency said it received more than 372 tons of medications during the April event. Locally, Sherman authorities said 112 pounds of drugs were discarded.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was first implemented by federal agents in 2010 in an effort to combat abuse of unused medications. A 2011 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration noted that 7-out-of-10 people who abuse prescription meds got them through friends and relatives, including raiding medicine cabinets.


For interested locals looking to trash old wart cream or keep unused Vicodin away from the grand-kids, Sherman Police will be manning the aforementioned drop-off points from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.