Two Stephenville locations are available every day for the community to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

In honor of the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day, STAR Council and the Erath County Community Coalition (EC3) will host events with giveaways from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28, at Tanglewood Pharmacy and the Stephenville Police Department.

“(EC3) is working on some cool projects that I’m excited about and Take Back Day is one of them,” said new community coalition coordinator Eric Lockwood. “Those two locations are available year-round for drop off, the police department is open 24/7 and you can drop off anonymously if you have unused prescription medication. At Tanglewood Pharmacy you can go any time they’re open to drop off.”

Those who attend the Drug Take Back Day events can register to win a $50 Visa gift card; enjoy free goodies, including drug deactivation pouches; and of course, dispose of prescription medications.

“We want to make a big deal about it and get some awareness about it not just because of the opioid situation we have, but what we as citizens can do about it,” Lockwood said. “Here’s a small thing that every body can do to potentially save lives.”

Drugs can be disposed of in pouches obtained at the events or any time at the STAR Council office and are easy to use. Open it, drop your meds in, pour water inside, shake it and toss it in the trash.

“You’re more than welcome to pick up as many pouches as you need, but if you have a family member who can’t make it to the event but they have lots of prescription medications that go unused then pick some up for them too,” Lockwood said.

A video of how to use the pouches can be found on the Erath County Community Coalition Facebook page.

The STAR Council/EC3 office is now located at 3080 W. Washington Street and Lockwood can be reached by calling 254-965-5515 or emailing elockwood@starcouncil.org.