The Wake Forest Police Department recently marked the third anniversary of the installation of the drug collection unit or drop-off box at the Brooks Street Substation, 221 S. Brooks St.
The police department received the free drop-off unit in November 2014 through a grant from CVS/pharmacy’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. CVS/pharmacy teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to donate up to 1,000 drug collection units to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Citizens are encouraged to drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Items that will be accepted include prescription pills or patches, ointments, vitamins and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted include liquids of any kind, aerosol cans, inhalers, needles and thermometers.
Participants can help law enforcement officials properly identify and record the medications by disposing expired, unused or unwanted medicine in their original container with the drug label intact. All of the medications collected will be secured by the police department and destroyed by incineration.
Excess and unwanted prescription medications in the home are at risk for being diverted and abused. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose from prescription pain killers has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The abuse of prescription medications has also reached epidemic proportions. Providing our community a safe and environmentally responsible method of reducing the amount of unwanted medications in local households is an important tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse.