The Town of Murphy Police Department would like to inform the public that our medicine drop box is now available in front of the department. This medicine drop box was made possible through a grant that Mrs. Jenni Irwin, Director of the Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County, was able to obtain through NADDI (National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators). The cost of this medicine drop box was $800.00, in which the Town of Murphy Police Department received for free. In order for the Town of Murphy Police Department to retain this medicine drop box, a letter has to be submitted to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) every year.
We encourage all citizens, as well as travelers of the Town of Murphy, to utilize this medicine drop box. Not only does disposing of your used medications, prescription and over the counter, this way, you have also prevented them from winding up in the wrong hands or our waterways. According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drugs are the second most abused among young people between the ages of 12-17. It also states that in 2011, 1,140 North Carolina residents died as a result of unintentional poisonings; approximately 80% of those deaths were related to prescription drugs. In having this medicine drop box available to the public, we only hope to reduce these numbers.
Please feel free to contact Assistant Chief Dustin D. Smith, or myself, if you have any questions regarding this information.
Justin J. Jacobs.
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