DALLAS Southlake Carroll High School students Kyle McNutt and Chase Nunez were found dead in January 2013. The medical examiner confirmed they'd taken a toxic mixture of prescription codeine, Xanax and over the counter Benedryl along with heroin.
Last year, the North Texas Poison Center handled 2,821 calls for intentional misuse or abuse of drugs.
"You can ask them, 'Where did you get the medicines?'" says Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, toxicologist with the North Texas Poison Center. "Many of them say, 'Well, the medicine cabinet.' And many of them, it was not their medicines, it was a family member's or a friend's medicines."
That's a big reason why the Drug Enforcement Agency is holding a nationwide Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.
Dozens of North Texas locations will accept unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medicines, no questions asked.
Millions of people otherwise dispose of drugs by throwing them in the trash or toilet.
"They can end up in water," says Dr. Kleinschmidt. "Now those become drugs and chemicals released into the environment, which is not a good thing."
Dozens of locations across North Texas will be accepting unused or expired medications from 10-to-2. Needles are not accepted. Click here to see where you can turn in your medications.