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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to host medication cleanout in Abilene

The fall cleanout is planned for Saturday, Oct. 23, on the TTUHSC campus.
Credit: Texas Tech

ABILENE, Texas — The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center it hosting the Texas Panhandle Poison Center (TPPC) Fall 2021 Abilene Medication Cleanout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, on the TTUHSC Campus, 1674 Pine St.

TTUHSC manages TPPC, one of six regional poison centers in Texas. This is TPPC’s 74th medication cleanout event.

The collections provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications in a free, legal and environmentally-sound manner and remove them from homes, schools and the streets. Since the program began in 2009, more than 63,430 pounds of unwanted medications and sharps have been collected for proper disposal.

The  event will be a drive-thru, drop-off format. Signs will be posted and people should leave medications in their original containers when possible. Sharps should be delivered in hard plastic or sharps containers.

According to a press release from TTUHSC, because of environmental restrictions, only medications from households can be accepted. Medications from clinics, pharmacies and other businesses are not allowed. Though not required, participants are encouraged to wear face coverings to protect themselves and event volunteers.

The Abilene Police Department will provide support for the event. For more information, call 806-414-9495 or visit MedicationCleanout.com.