New way to safely dispose of prescription meds
March 1, 2013
Two pillboxes have been added in the war to keep prescription medications out of the hands of teenagers and out of the water system.While these pillboxes are armored and have a big slot on the front, they’re a different sort of emplacement than that conjured up by the name.The two MedReturn Drug Collection Units at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center in Minden and at Stateline are designed to supplement the semi-annual prescription drug roundups sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.The boxes allow those with leftover prescription drugs to dispose of them safely without waiting for a roundup to come along.Partnership for Community Resources Executive Director Cheryl Bricker said the two boxes were $1,000 each.“We don’t want kids taking pills they get from their grandparents’ homes at parties,” she said. “A lot of the pills they find are blood pressure or other medications that will just make the kid sick.”Access to the boxes is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with no questions asked, Capt. Dan Britton said.The pills are incinerated and the bottles recycled. Bricker said that people are encouraged to black out their names with a marker before they drop off their medications for disposal, whether at the box or at one of the roundups.“We get calls all the time about how to get rid of prescriptions drugs,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said. “By having this we have a means to get rid of the drugs people don’t want in the house without flushing it down into the sewer system.”The drug roundups are in their third year, starting in Douglas County at the Senior Health Fair in 2010.Not all medical material is accepted at the MedReturn boxes. Unacceptable items include syringes, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions or liquids or medications from businesses or clinics.Accepted material includes prescription patches, medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and pet medications.