Letter to the editor: Drug take-back event was a big success

The Marshall Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and Marshall Independent School District Police Department, in cooperation with the Piney Woods Substance Abuse Coalition and the DEA, would like to thank our community for their participation in the Drug Take-Back event on April 27 at Marshall High School.

The Marshall Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office turned over in excess of 165 pounds of expired or unnecessary drugs to the DEA in Tyler on April 29.

The voluntary and anonymous disposal of these drugs by members of the community has these benefits:

  • Reducing access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse and overdose by youth and others in the home.
  • Decreasing water contamination due to pharmaceutical medications being flushed down the drains in our homes or contained in our landfills.
  • Reducing illegal narcotic sales in East Texas.
  • Reducing law enforcement efforts required to respond to burglaries and thefts involving prescription drugs.

Anyone who might have missed the event is welcome to bring their unused or expired prescription medication to the drop-box located in the lobby of the Marshall Police Department, 2101 East End Blvd. North, Marshall. The drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

— Lt. Len Ames, Marshall Police Department