Prescription Drug Information

The Police Department  has a permanent drug drop box located in the lobby of headquarters where drugs can be dropped off 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please see our prescription drug drop box page for more information.

Information about home disposal can be found on the FDA website.  There are also permanent collection sites at various police departments throughout the state, including the Livingston Police Department.  The American Medicine Chest Challenge and Project Medicine Drop sites both have lists of departments that participate.

It is important for medication to be disposed of safely for a number of reasons.  Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove pharmaceutical compounds.   Therefore, if medications are flushed down the toilet or sink, they may eventually make it into the drinking water supply.  If drugs are thrown out in the trash without taking precautions, they are accessible to children and pets and the medications can still get into our groundwater.

Because it is hard to dispose of medications properly, more people are now leaving their 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 a Drug Free America’s annual study found that 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication, 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers and 1 in 10 has abused cough medication.  One easy way to prevent abuse is to keep all prescription medication hidden.  Family members whose homes teens visit should keep prescription medications 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 kept 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.

Syringe & Sharps Disposal: If you have old, unused, or expired sharps, you must dispose of them safely. They must be disposed of separately from other old medications or other types of trash or recycling. Click here for Syringe & Sharps Disposal Guidance.

 

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