CANHelp to take unused prescriptions for disposal



The East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ETCADA) will be hosting a free Deterra Drug Deactivation Bag give-away at CANHelp for disposing of unused prescription medication.

Deterra Drug Deactivation Bags are an “environmentally friendly solution that deactivates the prescription medication, making it safe to throw away with the household trash,” according to a statement from ETCADA.

The organization states that more than 60% of people with leftover prescription opioids keep the pills for future use rather than disposing of them, and 1 in 5 report they shared their medication with another person.

Further, 1 in 6 teens have used prescription drugs in order to get high or change their mood with 73% of teens indicating that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their family or friend’s medicine cabinets, ETCADA said.

To participate in the bag give-away, anyone may visit CANHelp, 613 Gilmer St. in Sulphur Springs, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 to pick up free Deterra Drug Deactivation Bags, vital data specific to Hopkins and the surrounding counties, and information on CANHelp and ETCADA.

ETCADA’s mission “is to reduce substance abuse and dependency within our East Texas communities,” according to their web site. ETCADA serves a 23-county area, including Anderson, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

To learn more about ETCADA, visit online at