AUSTIN -- Local police teamed up with the national Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday to host a drug "take back" drive today as part of the DEA's National Drug Take Back Day.
The goal of the drive was to help people properly dispose of their unused or unwanted medications.
Non-profit group Texans Standing Tall partnered with the DEA, the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Texas National Guard to focus the drug take back toward veterans. Texans Standing Tall said the rate of prescription drug abuse among military personnel almost tripled between 2005 and 2008.
Texans Standing Tall also reports that prescription drug abuse among young people is growing. One in five high school students in Texas say they've taken a prescription medication without a prescription.
The Austin drug take back day took place at Austin's Veterans Anonymous from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Last April, Texans turned in nearly 50,000 pounds of medications throughout the state.