Amarillo PD to assist in medication clean-out, document shredding events

The Amarillo Police Department will be assisting with two events helping to keep members of the community safe of Saturday. (File photo)

The Amarillo Police Department will be assisting with two events helping to keep members of the community safe of Saturday.

On April 22, the Texas Panhandle Poison Center will host its 50th Medication Cleanout event at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Amarillo campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free and Amarillo police officers will be there to provide security and help collect the medication. According to APD, this program has taken in more the 34,000 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications and "sharps" for proper disposal.

APD said the collections provide a safe option for disposing of unused, possibly dangerous medications. It can help prevent narcotic medications from falling into the hands of drug abusers or young people who find the unused medications, police said.

At the event, those wanting to drop off medications can drive through and drop them off. Medications being disposed of should be kept in their originals containers whenever possible. Any identifying patient information on the medication will be blacked out before disposal. Only medications from households will be accepted due to environmental and regulatory restrictions.

APD will also team up with the Better Business Bureau of Amarillo on Saturday for the Texas Panhandle's "Secure Your ID Day." This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Med Center, located at 3501 Soncy Street.

During the "Secure Your ID Day" event, people can bring any financial or identifying documents to be shredded on site by Document Shredding and Storage, a certified and secured document shredding and storage service, according to APD. This event is free to the public.

This event is also free and APD says it can prevent crime and help people avoid providing their names to criminals.

APD said those coming to the shredding event need to enter from the south, near the Surgery Center, and drive through the drop-off area. There, someone from DSS, the BBB and the APD will help unload and secure documents to be shredded.

According to APD, the end of tax season marks a great time to dispose of old paperwork, create some storage space and protect their records from being used in identity theft and related crimes in the process.

APD said this service is offered for personal records. The BBB asks that people bring their documents in paper bags and boxes instead of plastic bags. If there is bad weather, APD said the collections point will be under the green awning near the northwest corner of the building. For more information about the shredding event click here.

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