Sheriff’s office installs prescription drop box

From left, Inv. Roberto Garcia, Inv. Karla Swartz, Sheriff Michael Amato and County Executive Matt Ossenfort pose with the new drug take back box stationed inside the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo submitted)

FULTONVILLE — It just became easier to dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions with the introduction of a prescription drug drop box at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release, the sheriff’s office, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, set up the drop-off box in the the main lobby of the sheriff’s office at 200 Clark Drive.

“It is available 24-hours a day,” said Undersheriff Robert Thomas. “And it is located just past the front door.”

The drop box accepts medications that someone has at home and wishes to discard.

According to the release, the program goals are to:

∫ Reduce the amount of prescription drugs that remain unused and in someone’s medicine cabinet for long periods of time.

∫ Prevent the destruction of large quantities of medications through flushing or discarding in someone’s bathroom or garbage. Both of which could permit the re-introduction of the medications into the hands of someone that the medication is not prescribed to or potentially harm the natural resources of nearby water tables.

∫ Deter the ability of would be “drug seekers” from using the prescription medications for personal recreation.

While medical patches and liquids tightly secured in their packages can be accepted at the drop-off box, needles or sharps cannot, according to the release.

“Kids today use the ‘pharming’” said Thomas. “Kids go into their parents medicine cabinets or the medicine cabinets of their elderly grandparents and try to grab whatever [drugs] they can.”

He said the kids then take the drugs to school or a gathering and share what they have found.

“The less drugs you have available, the less likely they can find and use these drugs,” said Thomas.

This drop off box is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked, Thomas said.

According to the release, the CVS prescription drug drop box is the year-long answer to the DEA Drug Take Back program, which is scheduled for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The application for and receipt of the equipment was at no cost to the taxpayers. The county board of Legislature endorsed the application with a letter of support.

By Chad Fleck

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