Local Law Enforcement to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs


Ellis County, Texas – Local law enforcement will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on April 30, 2016. Officers will be collecting unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

This program is a partnership of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Constable Pct. 3, Waxahachie Police Department, Ennis Police Department, Ennis ISD Police Department, Red Oak Police Department, Italy Police Department, Cedar Hill Police Department, Corsicana Police Department, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Waxahachie ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, Wal-Mart, Brookshire’s, Walgreens, and IMPACT Communities, an initiative of Drug Prevention Resources.

The Prescription Drug Take Back is part of a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency to reduce the availability of unmonitored medications in home medicine cabinets. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, as well as the home medicine cabinet.

Turning in medications to law enforcement officers is the best way to safely dispose of these potentially hazardous materials and keep them away from our youth. Please do not throw away or flush medications down a toilet, which results in contamination of our local water supplies and landfills.

To participate, please bring your unused or expired over the counter and prescription drugs to the Prescription Drug Take Back location near you at:

Waxahachie – WHS Parking Lot (1000 N. Hwy 77) 10:00am – 2:00pm
Ennis – Wal-Mart (700 E. Ennis Ave) 9:30am – 1:30pm
Italy – Police Department (161 W. Main St.) 10:00am – 1:00pm
Red Oak – Brookshire’s (105 E. Ovilla Rd.) 9:00am – 1:00pm
Palmer – Downtown 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cedar Hill – Walgreens (501 E. Beltline) 10:00am – 2:00pm
Corsicana – First Baptist Church Parking Lot (509 W. Collin St.) 9:00am – 1:00pm

Pills and liquid medications will be accepted; however, officers will not be able to accept inhalers or injection (needle) supplies. The service is anonymous and free of charge. No identification will be required before disposal and no questions will be asked.

For more information regarding the Prescription Drug Take Back, please contact IMPACT Waxahachie at telephone 972-937-1531 or email at [email protected].

IMPACT Waxahachie is a coalition of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement, and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance abuse and build safe, healthy and drug-free communities.