The Sherman Police Department will accept outdated and unused medications over the next two weekends as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take Back Program.

Sgt. Brett Mullen said members of the public are encouraged to drop off their over-the-counter and prescription medications at either the Sherman Municipal Grounds this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the following Saturday at either the Sherman Police Department headquarters or the Sherman Town Center, during the same hours. Needles and syringes will not be accepted. Mullen said the medications will be collected and destroyed by the DEA.

“It just keeps these medications out of the wrong hands,” Mullen said.

The Sherman Police sergeant said while unused medications kept inside a cabinet may not seem like a major safety risk at first glance, they can still pose a danger.

“We get reports about medications being stolen from homes by burglars and, often times, you even learn that someone’s own children have come in and taken the medications,” Mullen said. “(This program) keeps them from being abused, and accidental overdoses, which is a concern especially in the case of children who happen to get a hold of the medications and don’t know what they are.”

The Sherman Municipal Building is located at 405 North Rusk Street. The Sherman Police Department is located at 317 South Travis Street and the Sherman Town Center is located at 3310 Town Center Street. For additional information about the drug take back program, call the Sherman Police Department at 903-892-7290.