National Drug Take-Back Initiative

On Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 10 AM – 2 PM, the Richardson Police Department and the Richardson Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will sponsor a National Take Back Initiative local collection site for the safe and easy disposal of any unwanted, unused, or expired pharmaceutical or over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

Proper disposal of unwanted prescription or OTC medications will serve to:

  1. Reduce the environmental impact of trashing or flushing
  2. Remove the opportunity for accidental ingestion or intentional abuse.

Here are some things you need to know about Richardson’s local “Take Back” event:

  • The event will be set up as a “drive thru and drop off” so that participants will not have to park and exit their vehicles.
  • The event location will be on the west side drive thru lane of the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall located at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. (@U.S.75). Ingress and egress is easy from Civic Center Drive.
  • Program participation is anonymous. No identification will be requested & substances turned in for destruction will not be inventoried or logged. Police are present for participants’ safety & security
  • All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the collection process, from home to the point of disposal.
  • Participants may dispose of solid dosage medications (pills, capsules, etc) in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and dumping it into the disposal box.
  • All pharmaceutical liquids, such as cough syrup, will be accepted in their original consumer containers, and tightly sealed to prevent leakage.