Safe Way To Dispose Of Expired / Unwanted Drugs

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Old medications can now be discarded safely and properly in Coos Bay. Citizens can dispose of medicinal trash at the Coos Bay Police Department’s “Prescription Pill Drop-off Point”, in the lobby of the police department. The Drop-off Point allows citizens to dispose of prescriptions as well as over-the-counter drugs that are expired or unneeded.

The Prescription Pill Drop-off Point is provided to the citizens of Coos Bay through a partnership between the Coos Bay Police Department, CH2M Hill, and the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team in response to the demand for a safe and convenient way to get rid of household drugs. The program aims to reduce the quantity of unused medications entering the environment and the amount of drugs available for diversion, theft, and accidental poisoning.

Medications flushed down the toilet or drain can contaminate water supplies. There are similar disposal programs throughout the country and in North Bend. The items that can be disposed of at the Drop-off Point include:

· Expired and unused prescription drugs (non-narcotics and narcotics)

· Over-the-counter drugs

· Medication samples

· Medicated ointment/lotion

· Drops

·Inhalers

· Herbals

Items that should not be placed in the box include needles, bio-hazardous materials, lancets, mercury products, electronic glucose monitors, and illegal drugs.

This entry was posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.