NEWS RELEASE: MPD To Participate In Rx Take-Back Day
The Marshall Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The service is free and anonymous. In the past 8 years, the DEA has collected more than 9 million (4,500 tons) expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications from take back events at law enforcement agencies.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that flushing these drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash posed potential safety and health hazards.
The Marshall Police Department recently acquired a permanent prescription drug drop box courtesy of the Piney Woods Substance Abuse Coalition, a program of Next Step Community Solutions. The drop box is located in the lobby of the police department at 2101 East End Boulevard North in Marshall. This drop box is available to the public 24/7; no questions asked and will be used for the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back event on October 27.
Items NOT accepted include: Needles or other sharps, liquids, lotions, ointments, inhalers, thermometers and aerosols. All of the medications collected will be delivered to the DEA to be destroyed.
Public Information Officer
Marshall Police Department