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MURPHY (September 30, 2021) The fall edition of the twice-yearly Drug Take Back Day events has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Murphy Police Department headquarters, 206 North Murphy Road.
“These Drug Take Back events are becoming more popular, and we are certainly glad that residents take advantage of them,” says Lt. Adana Barber of the Murphy Police Department. “It’s a free and easy way to get rid of unneeded or unwanted drugs and medications. Taking these drugs and medications and disposing of them properly is much better for our community than allowing them to be abused or dumped into drains at home.”
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 Take Back event set for Oct. 23 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, members of the Murphy Police Department will be accepting these drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter, for proper disposal.
For added convenience, officials will accept the drugs and medications from participants who drive up to the area facing the Police Headquarters. “Participants can drive right up to our parking area, 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 way to prevent drugs from being placed in the trash or dumped into household drains, potentially harming the community water system. “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 water system,” said Barber.
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.
“We have had as much as 700 pounds of unused, unwanted, expired or unknown drugs at some of these events,” 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.