AUSTIN (KXAN) - If you have of old medicine taking up your cabinet space, mark Saturday on you calendar.
That's when the city of Austin is hosting a "drug take-back day" where residents can anonymously drop off any prescription drugs they want to throw away.
Representatives from APD and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be at several different locations around Austin, collecting and disposing unwanted prescription medicines, no questions asked.
Saturday's marks the seventh semi-annual "drug take-back day" in Austin and Central Texas. The event is part of a larger effort to help "clean up" the city by making sure prescription drugs are properly and safely disposed.
"This will help to clean out all those medicines sitting in your cabinets and under your sink by properly disposing them. There are lots of reasons for wanting to do that," said Austin City Council member, Laura Morrison.
"First of all, to protect your kids so they don't across them accidentally and abuse them. Secondly, disposing of our drugs safely helps keep them out of our waterways and landfills."
DEA representative Greg Thrash says prescription drug abuse is becoming an epidemic.
"It's actually surpassed all the deaths combined-- marijuana, cocaine, heroine-- prescription drugs abuse accounts for more deaths of our young people than all those drugs combined," said Greg Thrash, DEA Austin Office Resident Agent in Charge.
"It is a very serious problem and what we've found is that the majority of the young people, that get these prescription drugs, actually use them illicitly. And they're getting them out of our medicine cabinets."
Residents can also drop off expired or unwanted vitamins, insulin and needles.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.