Drug disposal box available at PCSO

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Pulaski County residents needing to dispose of medications no longer have to wait for bi-annual drug take-back events to roll around twice a year.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office now has a drug disposal box that enables citizens to properly dispose of their expired or no longer needed prescription and over-the-counter medications any time of the year and with no questions asked.

All pill forms of medications are accepted. Liquid medications, syringes or devices that could pose a danger to those overseeing box maintenance are not.

Capt. Daniel Johnson said the box was obtained through a grant from CVS Pharmacy. The department learned of the grant’s availability during a meeting with Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge H. Lee Chitwood.

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andy McCready wrote a required letter of recommendation that helped the sheriff’s office receive the grant and box, Johnson added.

“This box allows citizens to get rid of medications and put it in safe hands at the same time,” Johnson said. Before the Drug Enforcement Administration started working with agencies to hold drug take-back days twice a year, medications usually were flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage. Both methods pose dangers by getting into the groundwater or being accessible to children or people looking to abuse them.

Johnson says disposal is “done discretely and without any questions.”

To take advantage of the service, take medications to the sheriff’s office on East Main Street in Pulaski. Once inside the main entrance, push the button for service and inform the communications officer why you are there. Johnson said a member of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division will bring the key to open the box.

Only CID officers have access to the box. They empty it on a regular basis and are required to log the weight, but not the types, of medications collected. This information must be reported to CVS as a condition of the grant.

Johnson said the medications are then properly disposed of through incineration.

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