The City of McKinney, in partnership with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nationwide Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, April 27.

The Drug Take-Back event provides participants with an opportunity to safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The program is available to everyone; you do not have to be a resident of McKinney to participate.

Directional signs will be located at the intersections of College St. at Eldorado and Wilson Creek Parkways. Participants will simply drive in at the entrance in front of building D, hand over their medications to the uniformed officer by the tent and circle out of the driveway-parking lot on the Senior Center side. It will not be necessary to get out of vehicle.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be dropped off. Intravenous solutions, injectable substances and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

We will accept:

•  Prescription medications

•  Over-the-counter medications

•  Liquid medications

•  Vitamins

•  Pet medicine

We will not accept:

•  Needles and sharps

•  Mercury (thermometers)

•  Chemotherapy or radioactive substances

•  Oxygen containers

•  Pressurized containers / inhalers

•  Illicit drugs

For more information, call 972-547-7385 or visit


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at