Local residents will be able to get rid of their unwanted and expired medications this weekend as Sherman and Denison police hold collection events in observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Collection sites in both cities will remain open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sherman Police will accept drop-offs at the department’s headquarters, located at 317 South Travis Street and in the Sherman Town Center’s main parking lot. Denison Police will accept discarded medications at the department headquarters at 108 West Main Street. Accepted medications include pills and liquids. Syringes, injection devices and illegal narcotics are not permitted.

“It’s a safe way to dispose of medications so that they won’t contaminate the environment and end up in the hands of people they don’t need to be in,” Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans admitted to misusing controlled prescription drugs in 2017. The study indicated a majority of the abused drugs were obtained from family members and friends and were kept inside the home.

For more information about local Drug Take-Back Day events, call the Sherman Police Department at 903-892-7290 or the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422.

Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.