Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 28, 2016

This Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. The McPherson Police Department will be accepting unwanted prescription pills only – no liquids or needles – between 10:00 and 2:00 on Saturday, April 30, at the Law Enforcement Center at 1177 W. Woodside in McPherson.

Unwanted prescription drugs can be misused and even stolen. Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash can potentially cause safety, health, and environmental hazards.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started the National Drug Take-Back Day 11 years ago to help reduce the risk of unwanted prescription drugs ending up in the wrong hands or being disposed of improperly. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarminglyhigh, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. 

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30thTake Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website at