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By Corrina Taylor, BubbleLife Intern

On Saturday, April 27, the Coppell Police Department held its sixth prescription drug take-back.

This event is held twice a year and was started by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide citizens with a way to properly dispose of prescription drugs. At the event, a drop box was set up to accept any expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“My job is to coordinate our efforts with the DEA,” Sgt. Cayce Williams said. “After manning the booth and supervising the site, we deliver our collected boxes to the DEA.”

This nationwide event is held throughout the country, so each town can have a place to properly dispose of old drugs, making sure the drugs do not fall into the wrong hands or get into the water supply.

Though Coppell has not personally had an issue with this, the DEA mandates that all towns facilitate a prescription drop-off. In the Dallas Metroplex, there were around 50 booths set up in various public places such as police stations and municipal courts.

“Once the pills are all collected, they are taken to one central location and they are burned,” Williams said. “It is the same day every year and happens in October and April.”

On average, Coppell collects seven to 10 boxes or 110-150 pounds of old drugs. The event was open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There was a single booth with a secure box, and there was even a drive-thru set up to make it as quick as possible.

The process is completely anonymous, so no officer can see who is dropping of which prescription.

“Pharmacists get a lot of requests on how to get rid of old prescription pills. We want to to help alleviate [the pills] from landfills and water,” Williams said.

The water supply does not test for prescription drugs in the water, which makes it potentially more dangerous.

All Coppell residents are encouraged to drop off any old prescription drugs during the next take-back day in October.