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Local drug take-back event will be held on Saturday

Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 18, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Every day, more than 130 people die overdosing on opioids in America. The fight against the opioid crisis goes local this weekend.

The City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Medical Center will be hosting a Drug Take-Back event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Crush the Crisis is a part of a larger, national initiative, whose goal is to spread the word about the dangers of opioids and to provide a safe way to get rid of prescription medication that's no longer needed.

A pill drop-off site will be set up at Doctors Regional Medical Center, located at 3315 S. Alameda St., near Texan Trail. There will be a drive-through and a drop box will be at front of hospital entrance.

"There's no judgement, no questions,” Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Erben said. “They’re not gonna ask you how you got them, why you have them. There's not going to be any legal ramifications. We just want them off the streets. We want to remove access for those who may have a potential for abuse.”

The event is only for pills. Liquid medication will not be accepted.