Drug Take Back

This container at the Rexburg Police Department provides a one-way trip to proper disposal of unused or out-of-date prescription medicines. Medications left in the bin are removed daily and sent to a secure site for incineration.
REXBURG - The Rexburg Police Department now offers safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications with a drop box in the lobby of the police department.

Police say the program for upper valley residents helps the environment and may lessen the risk of prescription drug abuse.
The police department formally rolled out the program at the street festival of the Idaho International Dance and Music Festival on Monday with a display at a booth in front of the police department.

"Six out of 10 teenagers say it's easy to get access to prescription drugs," said Lt. Colin Erickson. "We looked into this and decided to provide a safe place to drop off unused or out-of-date prescriptions."
He said many people he talked to at the street festival were unaware of the safe way to dispose of medications.

"This is a program we want to have in place to get those unneeded prescriptions out of the house and prevent them from winding up on the street. We're starting to see more young people who are having problems with abuse of prescription drugs."

On www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov, the Partnership for a Drug Free America states that each day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time and a majority of those drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Police hope members of the community will use the new disposal program.

Medications will be collected from the bin daily by trained police personnel. The medications will be placed in a secure site at the police department and then sent to a secure site in Utah for incineration.

The drop box is only for non-commercial disposal and can take liquid medications if they're placed in a Ziploc bag.

JOSEPH LAWjlaw@uvsj.com RexburgStandardJournal.com

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