Drop off your prescriptions Saturday for Drug Take Back Day

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, that the agency will issue new warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, including coma and death. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the country grapples with an opioid epidemic that President Trump has now declared a public health emergency, people can take concrete steps now to reduce the amount of prescription drugs that end up with people who shouldn’t have them.

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. people can drop off their old prescriptions at designated sites.

Here are those places in Austin, but people can look up other drop off locations on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website:

  • Barton Creek Square Mall Parking Lot: 2901 S. Capitol of Texas Highway
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 5: 1003 Guadalupe St. (This is also a drop-off kiosk open year round, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 4: 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway #1100
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 3: 8656 Highway 71, Suite 132
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 2: 10409 Burnett Road
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 1: 4717 Heflin Lane, Suite 127
  • Austin Police Department Household Hazardous Waste Facility: 2514 Center Dr.

Throughout the year, people in Austin can also take their old medications to Forty Acres Pharmacy at 100 W. Dean Keeton St. It’s open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office also announced it has a new prescription drop off box in Georgetown, which operates during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 508 S. Rock St.

President Donald Trump’s Thursday opioid abuse emergency declaration allows the government to redirect resources and expand access to medical services, but does not provide any more funding to address the problem.

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms due to misusing prescription opioids.

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