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TTUHSC will host spring medication cleanout event Saturday in Abilene

Only household medications will be accepted and should be in the original container, if possible.
Credit: Texas Tech

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) will host the Texas Panhandle Poison Control (TPPC) Spring 2021 Abilene Medication Cleanout event from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the TTUHSC campus, 1674 Pine St.

According to a press release from the center, TTUHSC manages TPPC, one of six regional poison control centers in Texas.

The collections provide the community a safe way to dispose of expired or unused medications in a free, legal and environmentally-sound manner. It also removes them from homes, schools and streets.

The medication cleanout uses a drive-thru, drop-off format and will have signs posted. Medications should be in the original container, if possible. Sharp objects should be in hard plastic or sharps containers.

Environmental restrictions only allow medications from households to be accepted. Medications from clinics, pharmacies and other businesses are not allowed.

Additionally, since the program's inception in 2009, more than 59,000 lbs. of unwanted medications and sharps have been collected for proper disposal.

Face coverings are not required; however, event organizers are asking attendees to use one.

The Abilene Recovery Council and the Abilene Police Department will provide support for the spring medication cleanout.

For more information, call 806-414-9495 or visit, MedicationCleanout.com.