Illegal drugs like heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine grab headlines but many would be surprised to know that prescription drugs are abused even more often. Why? Because they are so much more accessible.
Multiple drug websites estimate that more than half of prescription drug abusers, particularly teenagers, get their drugs from a friend or relative. To help combat this problem, the New Albany Police Department now has a drug drop box conveniently located in the police station lobby (50 Village Hall Road).
This drug drop box will allow residents to dispose of their unused prescription and over the counter drugs safely, keeping the drugs out of the hands of those who may abuse them. “We have participated with various pharmacies and hospitals for years with drug collection programs, but now we have something at a permanent location that our residents can easily access 24/7,” said Police Chief Greg Jones.
Staff at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany initially broached the idea of a community drug drop box with Chief Jones in late 2016. After more research, it became evident that while a drug drop box at the Heit Center wouldn’t work, the community could benefit from a drug drop box at the police station. “I’m very glad Dr. Heit brought this idea to me,” Jones added. “This new service could potentially save someone’s life and definitely supports our community pillar for health.”
Disposing of medications will remain anonymous and no personal information will be taken. Accepted drugs for the drop box include prescription pills, over the counter pills and FDA pills for animals. Liquid drugs are not accepted (these can be disposed of in cat litter and thrown away with trash), nor are syringes or illegal drugs. It is also important to note that the drop box is not for use by local doctor’s offices. All meds dropped into the box will be incinerated.