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Take Back Meds collection program set for fifth event

The City of Weatherford Water Utilities Department, Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its fifth Take Back Meds collection event Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of the Weatherford ISD Ninth Grade Center, located at 1007 S. Main Street.

“We are fortunate to have the DEA continue their support,” said environmental compliance and regulatory affairs coordinator Lydia Ruiz. “From our previous events, we’ve collected over 1,300 pounds of unused and expired medications. The public has been receptive and continue to show their appreciation of us hosting these types of events at no cost to them.”

Items that will be accepted include prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications (e.g. liquids, creams, pills), veterinary medications (e.g. liquids, creams, pills), vitamins, minerals and medicine samples. Items not accepted include oxygen tanks, inhalers and nebulizers, needles, sharp items, thermometers and IV bags. Participants are asked to keep medicines in original containers with personal information marked out. Participants are also asked to remain in their vehicle at all times during the drop-off process.

The Take Back Meds program is free to the public. For more information, contact the Water Utility Department at 817.598.4275 or visit www.weatherfordtx.gov/expiredmeds.

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