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MCPHERSON – The McPherson Police Department along with the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have announced a date for their 18th opportunity in nine years, a ‘PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY’ on Saturday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The idea behind the ‘take back day’ is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The public is asked to bring their pills for disposal to the Joint Law Enforcement Center at 1177 W. Woodside Street in McPherson.

The site ‘CANNOT’ accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches!

This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous ‘Take Back’ events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pound – approximately 5,900 tons – of pills!

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse or abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 ‘Take Back Day Event’, go to or contact Officer Dusty Voth at (620) 245-1200.


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