Police say unused prescription drugs left at home are a problem waiting to happen.
So Saturday, officers collected medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
"Plastic bottles, glass bottles, we can even take syringes, filled, unfilled, used not used as long as no needles are attached," says J. Michael Sponsler, Police Chief, Aledo Police Department.
Chief Sponsler says the Aledo Police Department has taken part in the annual event for four years and says they collected nearly 300 pounds of drugs; far exceeding last year's 70 pounds.
"The prescription drugs problem is growing constantly," he says. "It's very important for us to do our part to get these drugs off the streets, out of the cabinets, where it's easily accessible for teenagers or anybody who wants to use these drugs for illegal use or to sell them."
"I just had some drugs I wanted to get rid of that have been in there for I don't know how many years and I know they're no good," says Gerry Harmon of Aledo.
And those dropping off their old medications say it's important to clean out the medicine cabinet for everyone's safety, young and old.
"I think it's very important especially if you have little kids around," says Barbara Dixon of Aledo. "Lots of times they'll get into bottles and think its candy or something."
"Even adults mix them up too," Harmon adds. "Go to the nursing home and that's why most of them are there because they can't take their own medicine - it's true."
If you didn't get a chance to drop off any of your unused prescription drugs, you can do so by contacting your local health department.
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