Year’s first Drug Take Back event scheduled for April 27
Officials will accept unwanted drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first of the twice-yearly Drug Take Back Day events has been scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at the Murphy Police Department headquarters, 206 North Murphy Road.
“Residents are beginning to count on these take back events,” says Lt. Adana Barber of the Murphy Police Department. “Drugs and medications that are no longer needed or wanted can be dropped off in a free, easy way. We would much rather take them than have people keep them in the medicine cabinet indefinitely or flush them down the toilet.”
Keeping drugs and medications out of circulation and out of the water system are two reasons the Murphy Police Department participates in the Drug Take Back program. The next program is set for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, members of the Murphy Police Department will be accepting unwanted or expired prescription drugs for disposal, and they’ll even come to your car in the parking area to collect them.
“Participants can drive right up to our parking spots facing the Police Department’s entry and we will walk up and take the drugs,” said Barber. “They won’t even have to get out of the car.” Inclement weather may prevent the curbside service, however.
The twice-a-year Drug Take Back events provide a place where unwanted or expired drugs can be safely and securely taken rather than placed in the trash or dumped into household drains. People who flush prescription drugs down their toilets or sinks may be placing the larger community at risk, since the contaminated wastewater may eventually find its way back into the system.
Properly disposing of these drugs can prevent them from being abused, as statistics show that over 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or relatives right out of the family medicine cabinet. The service is free and anonymous.
“It’s not unusual for Drug Take Back events to produce an accumulation of as much as 700 pounds of unused, unwanted, expired or unknown drugs,” she said. “We get both prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medications, and we take them all, with no questions asked.” New or used needles, new or used syringes and full or empty pressurized inhalers will not be accepted.
For more information on the program, residents may call (972) 468-4210 or send an e-mail to Lt. Barber at email@example.com.