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Superior Police Launch Medication Drop Box Program

Posted at: 12/03/2012 4:37 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullIn collaboration with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the City of Superior Public Works Environmental Services Division, the Superior Police Department launched a new program designed to make collecting prescription medication easier.

The department launched the Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program Monday. According to the department, the program was created to give residents a place to bring unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal.

The department says "keeping unwanted, unused, or expired pharmaceuticals in your home can put your family at risk for theft, prescription drug abuse, and accidental poisoning. Prescription drug abuse is a growing local and national issue with many drug abusers taking medications from their family and friends. Families with children or pets are also especially vulnerable to accidental poisoning through ingestion of medication."

The department also said the process for using the drop box is easy and confidential. They said "residents should cross out any identifying information on medication packaging. The medication can then be brought to the drop box in the police department lobby and put into the box."

There are some limitations to what can be put into the box. "Needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers are not accepted."

The box is located in the department lobby at 1316 N. 14th Street, Suite 150. The box is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.