Drug Collection Nets 136 Pounds

TAKE BACK DRUGS Hertel tosses in drugs

Ellis County Undersheriff Bruce Hertel drops unwanted prescription drugs into a collection box during Saturday’s National Take Back Prescription Drugs Day.

Bruce Hertel and Chuck White were way off from their estimate.

The Ellis County Undersheriff and Detective thought they might handle 60 pounds of drugs Saturday during National Take Back Prescription Drugs Day.

Instead, the public dropped off a total 136 pounds, more than double the estimate, of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot in Hays.

“This is the seventh year the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit has participated,” says Hertel.  “We usually do it every six months.  Last time, September 12, 2012, people brought in 86 pounds.”

The nationwide collection total in October 2010, the most recent figures available, was 242,000 pounds–121 tons–of drugs.

Take-Back Day is organized by the federal Drug Enforcement Association to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding  homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

TAKE BACK DRUGS White at vehicle

Detective Chuck White retrieves unwanted prescription drugs from Ellis County residents driving through the Ellis County Law Enforcement parking lot.

Take Back Drugs Detective Chuck White and Ellis Co. Undersheriff Bruce Hertel man the prescription drugs drop off center

White and Hertel wait for people to drop off unwanted prescription drugs Saturday as the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit participates in the DEA’s National Take Back Prescription Drugs Day.


  • Jordan Gemboys

    Wish I knew this was going on I could have put in probably another 5 pounds

    • Law

      I’m pretty sure you can still drop them off at the Sheriff’s Office

  • Heath

    Glad to see this going on. Prescription drugs have become a real problem and an easy addiction. Doctors need to do more to ensure we dont have 136 POUNDS of EXTRA prescription drugs floating around. PERHAPS WE ARE HANDING THEM OUT A LITTLE TO FREELY!!!!!