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Got Drugs Cluttering your Cabinets?

08/18/2014

Sure you do! We all have old prescriptions lining our medicine cabinet or random pills in our bathroom drawers that we can’t quite remember the name of. You might think it’s smart to hold on to them JUST IN CASE, but those drugs you’re letting languish in your home could lead to addiction, be swallowed by a child or grandchild, make someone sick because they’re out of date, or even harm the water supply when you flush them down the drain.

Now the Clayton Police Department is making it easy for you to get rid of those drugs – just drop by the Clayton Law Enforcement Center at 315 East Second Street and drop them in the drug disposal box right in the lobby. No questions asked! No paper work to fill out! You can come by any time 8am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

The free program was started on July 1st 2012 when the Clayton Rotary Clubs generously offered to pay for the collection box. The program was immediately popular and in the first year, Clayton Police collected more than 140 pounds of medications. There is a 5-gallon tote bag inside the drop box and on several occasions, the tote has been emptied on a Monday morning and was found overflowing again in less than four days.

“Although legally prescribed drugs serve a useful medical purpose, they can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands and are misused,” said police Chief R.W. Bridges. “Cleaning out medicine cabinets and safely disposing of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs can save lives.”

The Clayton Police Department continues to receive calls from residents outside of Clayton wishing to use our program and the Town welcomes that!

The types of drugs that people have dropped off include common over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and Nyquil as well as Ben-Gay cream, vitamins, suppositories, and caffeine pills. The most frequently surrendered controlled substances include Alphamethadol, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Ketamine, Testosterone, Alprozolam, Clonazepam, Prozac, Valium, Ritalin, among thousands of other pills.

The disposal box is intended to make the community safer, prevent potential misuse and to protect the environment. The only items that can’t be dropped in the box include syringes and liquids.

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