Prescription drug disposal bag program grows in El Paso, Socorro and Horizon City

The El Paso, Socorro and Horizon City police departments in conjunction with the Aliviane behavioral-health agency have begun distributing Deterra pouches at their police stations. Horizon City police Chief Michael McConnell and acting Socorro police Chief Eddie Smith both said that the disposal bags will help residents in their cities, “We have a lot of elderly people in the city of Socorro that pass away,” Smith said. “The family doesn’t know what to do with their pills, their prescriptions. This is going to be an excellent way of disposing of those prescriptions rather than just dunking them down a toilet.”

An El Paso program to safely dispose of unwanted medication is expanding with the aim of helping curb prescription drug abuse and overdoses.

The El Paso, Socorro and Horizon City police departments in conjunction with the Aliviane behavioral-health agency have begun distributing free prescription drug disposal bags at their police stations.

The Deterra bags use a drug-deactivation system that makes it safe to throw away pills and other medicine, police and drug-treatment officials said at a Tuesday news conference at El Paso Police Headquarters.

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