COPPERAS COVE (September 24, 2012)-The Copperas Cove Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent increased prescription pill abuse and theft.
The department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction beginning Monday.
The event will last the entire week at the Police Department, located at 302 E Avenue E.
Residents can drop off their unused medication from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the front lobby window, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the department's community room.
The service is free and anonymous, and police say no questions will be asked.
Copperas Cove is one of nearly 4,000 collection locations nationwide.
"Prescription drug abuse is a rising issue in the nation and I feel this is a great initiative in an attempt to curve the availability of prescription medications in circulation. I am pleased the DEA took on the burden of this program and that the Copperas Cove Police Department can play a part in this effort," Copperas Cove Chief of Police Tim Molnes said.
The public can find other nearby collection sites by visiting the DEA's website and clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon.
For more information, contact Sgt. Joaquin Salazar at (254) 547-8222 ext. 6984.