Area residents no longer have to wait until designated drug take back days to get rid of unwanted and expired medications. With the creation of a drug take back station in the lobby of the Sherman Police Department, people can properly dispose of their prescriptions 24 hours a day.
Sgt. Brett Mullen said the secure locker was made available last week as a way to help locals safely clear their residences of unused or expired medications, as well as needles and syringes.
“We always participate in the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Program, which is twice a year, and have a good turnout on that, filling boxes and boxes of medication,” Mullen said. “But this is kind of a trend that’s been going around. Other agencies are doing it as well and so, we decided it would be a good idea to install a box here in our PD.”
Accepted items include prescription pills, liquids and ointments, as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins and pet medications. Needles and syringes are also accepted but must be placed in a specially marked receptacle at the station. Prohibited items include illegal narcotics, inhalers, aerosols, thermometers and hydrogen peroxide.
Unwanted medications and supplies will not be accepted from clinics or hospitals.
With the police department’s lobby open 24 hours, Mullen said residents are free to drop their unused medications at anytime and on any day of the week.
“Medications can sometimes fall into the wrong hands,” Mullen said. “Whether they’re taken inadvertently or they’re abused, they can present a dangerous situation.”
The Sherman Police headquarters is located 317 S. Travis Street. For additional information, call the Sherman Police Department at 903-892-7290.
Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.