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Posted on: September 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Drug Take Back event set for Saturday, Oct. 28

Drug Take Back Day

Police set Drug Take Back event for Saturday, Oct. 28

No-questions-asked drop off runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

MURPHY (September 28, 2023) Officers of the Murphy Police Department will be accepting unwanted drugs and medications during the fall edition of the Drug Take Back event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The collection boxes will be stationed at the Murphy Police Department headquarters, 206 North Murphy Road. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked of participants. 

“Our community now looks forward to our twice-yearly Drug Take Back events,” 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. Our residents understand that disposing of these drugs and medications properly is much better than tossing them in the trash or dumping them down the drain. People who flush prescription drugs down their toilets or empty them into sinks may be placing all of us at risk. Drugs can contaminate the water we drink, posing dangers to everyone.”  

Also, properly disposing of these drugs can prevent them from being abused. Statistics show that over 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or relatives right out of the medicine cabinet. 

As an added service, department personnel will accept E-cigarette and vaping devices, as long as the batteries are removed. Devices that prevent the batteries from being removed, or those that still contain the batteries, will not be accepted.

“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.” However, 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 abarber@murphytx.org

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