ODESSA, TX (KWES) - September 26th marks National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
In Odessa, the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse partnered with DEA agents to collect any unwanted prescription pills or over-the-counter medications.
The local take-back event was held Saturday at the Lowe's off 42nd.
"The turnout here in Odessa's been really good. We've been here since 10:00 this morning and we've already got over 100 pounds of take-back medications. The citizens that come and bring back medications are really grateful for this service," said Kathy Haddock, who was helping with Take-Back Day.
Medical experts say this nationwide event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans may not be aware that medications left too long in their cabinets are susceptible to misuse, abuse and theft.