Melissa drug take back set for Oct. 23

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MPD said the event is not only a service to residents but also a way to help keep them safe.

The city of Melissa will host its annual fall drug take on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unused, expired or unwanted drugs and medications for proper disposal. 

“Our officers will be on duty, accepting all drugs and medications, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by doctors,” Police Chief Duane Smith says. “We do this for people who might not know what to do with these chemicals, some of which can be toxic. Letting us properly dispose of these drugs and medications relieves residents of the burden, and, at the same time, we remove these substances from circulation, preventing them from being abused or discarded into our water supply.”  

Drug take back is a free, no-contact and no-questions-asked way to get rid of substances safely. Police officers will be on hand to monitor drop-off receptacles and ensure that the process is safe and secure. Those dropping off items are asked to enter the City Call lobby through the main entrance facing Highway 5. Face masks are encouraged but not required. City officials add this the program is not intended for illicit or illegal drugs or paraphernalia.  Needles, syringes and pressurized inhalers will not be accepted.  

The event is not only a service to residents but also a way to help keep them safe. Many times, people flush prescription drugs down toilets or sinks.  This can potentially lead to contamination in the city’s water supply. There are also other ways in which unwanted mediation can lead to dire consequences. 

“Unwanted drugs and medications need to be properly disposed of for many reasons, but especially to prevent them from being abused,” Chief Smith says. “The federal Drug Enforcement Agency says that over 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or relatives right out of the family medicine cabinet.”  

Residents seeking additional information on the program are advised to contact Officer Brandi Davidson at 972-838-1392 or via email at bdavidson@cityofmelissa.com.