By J.D. Miles

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a new danger polluting the water supply that you may not be aware of.   Prescription medicines have been detected in drinking water because they people aren’t properly disposing of them.

Plano Police are concerned about those dangerous chemicals getting into the wrong hands.   But they say simply throwing them away pollutes the water supply.

This weekend Plano is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration‘s National Take-Back Initiative.   Citizens can take unneeded medicines and drop them off anonymously at four locations within the city.

The last time the city did this they collected 266 pounds of pills, capsules and tablets which were later incinerated.

These events began out of concern for prescription abuse and also concern that children might get their hands on harmful medicines.   But recent studies have found that drugs such as acetaminophen, steroids, hormones, and antibiotics are showing up in drinking water because so many people flush or throw away those chemicals.

“Our water treatments do a great job here in a America, but they can only filter so many things and some of these chemicals are starting to get through,” says Lindy Privett with the Plano Police Department.

The take back initiative will be held from 10 to 2 on Saturday at four locations:

  • Clark High School 523 W. Spring Creek Parkway
  • Plano Senior High Schoo 2200 Independence Parkway
  • Baylor Hospital Plano 4700 Alliance Boulevard
  • Plano West Sr. High Schol 5601 W. Parker Rd.

Tarrant County is doing a similar Prescription Take-Back Saturday as well. Click here for more information.