Stacking up and holding on to old, outdated or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs and medications can become troublesome when it comes to disposing of these compounds, some of which can have detrimental effects on the community’s water supply.

To address that issue, Prosper Fire Rescue, the Prosper Police Department and the Prosper Independent School District Police Department are holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prosper Central Fire Station.

The free service is designed to provide a place where unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be safely and securely removed from circulation. Accepting these substances also prevents them from being introduced into the water supply. Everything will be disposed of free of charge, with no questions asked.

The program, however, is not intended for illicit or illegal drugs or paraphernalia. And, needles, syringes and pressurized inhalers will not be accepted.

People who flush prescription drugs down their toilets or sinks may be placing the community at risk, since the contaminated wastewater may eventually find its way back into the system.