Drug Disposal Information

Get rid of o2017 Unwanted Medicationsld or unwanted medications safely — whether they’re prescription or over-the-counter!

 

 

 

The Police Department  has a permanent drug drop box located in the lobby of  police headquarters at 333 S. Livingston Avenue. Drop off your old, expired, or unwanted drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For more information, visit our drug drop box page.

Find more information about home disposal on the FDA website.

There are also permanent collection sites at various other police departments throughout the state.  The American Medicine Chest Challenge and Project Medicine Drop sites both have lists of departments that participate.

Why Not Flush or Toss Old Medications in the Trash?

  1. Medications flushed down the toilet or sink may eventually end up in our drinking water. Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove pharmaceutical compounds.
  2. Drugs thrown out in the trash without taking special precautions are accessible to children and pets; not only that, they can degrade and the medications leach into the groundwater.

Safe Disposal Limits Opportunities for Abuse

Because it can be inconvenient to dispose of medications properly, more people have been leaving unwanted prescriptions in their medicine cabinets.  This innocent act is fueling the newest drug problem among America’s teens:  prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) has found that “misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is now a normalized behavior among teens.”

– A full 23% of teens say their parents don’t care if they are caught using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.

– Of teens abusing prescription drugs, 20% began doing so before age 14.

– Opioid overdoses increased 205% from 1997 to 2012.

– The rate of fatal opioid overdose more than doubled between 2000 and 2013.

– One in 5 teens report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers and 1 in 10 has abused cough medicine.

Besides safely disposing of unwanted or unneeded medications, one easy way to prevent abuse is to keep your prescription medication hidden.

Family members whose homes teens visit should keep prescription medications safely out of teens’ reach, rather than in the medicine cabinet.  If possible, lock them up in a cabinet or safe box.

Also, take a quick look at all over-the-counter medicines in your home. Be aware of the medicine in your medicine cabinet, and ask questions if you notice that any of them are used often or disappear.

Click here for Syringe & Sharps Disposal Guidelines.

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