UPDATED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 9:29pm
belton, tx — The prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the Belton Police Department proved popular during its first full week of use as 16.25 lbs. of prescription medications were collected. The box is available as a convenience to area residents who want to responsibly dispose of unused medications.
Once the pills are received, police remove them from their packaging and log them into the evidence system. The prescriptions will be disposed of on a monthly basis.
"The abuse of prescription drugs is an alarming reality in our society," Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said. "Many teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from a family member without their knowledge. The prescription drug drop box located in the lobby of the Belton Police Department is a great way to clean out medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired medications and help prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands."
The box was received as part of a grant program from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). It is a locked box available for people to drop off prescription drugs 24 hours a day.
Only pills and patches are accepted (no liquids or needles should be dropped off for destruction). Police plan to empty the box and weigh its contents daily. Items collected will be disposed of using the same protocols for destroying other property.
During the first year of using the box, Belton PD is required to send quarterly updates to NADDI about the total number of pounds of pharmaceuticals removed by the program.
Belton PD has participated in periodic RX collection and disposal programs. In April, Belton PD participated in the eighth National Drug Take Back Initiative and was directly responsible for gathering 50 pounds of pharmaceuticals.
The drug drop box is an effort by NADDI to safeguard against accidental poisonings, drug diversion by teens, and environmental risks posed by keeping unused medications in homes.