Drug Take Back Day

The Murphy Police Department is once again participating in the twice-a-year effort to remove unwanted or expired drugs from circulation by acting as a collection point in the national drug take back campaign.

Murphy residents should bring outdated or unneeded prescription drugs to the entry lobby of the Police Department, 206 North Murphy Road on Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A fully-attended collection receptacle will be available to accept the drugs for eventual disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The following items are not accepted for disposal: needles, syringes and pressurized inhalers.

Drug Take Back Day is a national effort to provide residents of local communities a way to safely dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The program is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which conducts these take back events periodically.

During last year’s two similar events, local residents brought in a combined total of almost than 300 lb. of unused, unwanted, expired or unknown drugs, both of the prescription and over-the-counter variety. Nationally, members of the public bring in an average of 370 tons of prescription medications, collected at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.

Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Moreover, people who flush prescription drugs down their toilets may inadvertently place the larger community at risk, since the contaminated wastewater will eventually find its way back into the system.

The program welcomes participation from individuals as well as nursing facilities and other locations that may have outdated medications. If we can help diminish the supply of potentially harmful drugs in the community, we most certainly want to do so.

For more information on the program, residents may call (972) 468-4210