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Posted on: October 7, 2018

Dispose of Medications at National Take Back Event


Irving residents have the opportunity to drop off pharmaceutical medications for proper disposal as part of the National Take Back initiative. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at two locations: the Irving Police Department parking lot, 305 N. O’Connor Road, and the Irving Police North Station parking lot, 5992 Riverside Drive. There is no cost to participate.

The program is a partnership between the Irving Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other participating law enforcement agencies. It provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction at a safe collection site. 

Collection Day Protocols    

  • Controlled, noncontrolled and over-the-counter medications will be collected from individuals. The public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectable medications and syringes will not be accepted, due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.    
  • The program is anonymous, and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications.
  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing it from the container and putting it directly into the disposal box.
  • Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers. Ensure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamines, are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

This is for the general public only; pharmacies, physicians, veterinarians, etc., cannot dispose of products here. For more information, call Sergeant Mark Williams at (972) 721-2545.

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