It’s time to look through drawers, cabinets and shelves for medication that needs to be disposed of properly. Another Community Drug Disposal Day will be offered this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted anonymously and destroyed,” said McMinnville Police Investigator Capt. Derwin Adcock, who is in charge of collecting, bagging and sealing the medication.
McMinnville Police Department offers drug disposal days to get unused medications/ drugs out of people’s homes in an effort to prevent them from finding a new home on the street. Allowing donators to remain anonymous encourages participation, officers say.
“We want to encourage everyone to look through their medicines and drop off any that are unwanted,” said Adcock. “It’s completely anonymous. You will not be asked any personal information.”
Community Drug Disposal Day is a joint effort between the department, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at the high school, and the district attorney general’s office of Lisa Zavogiannis.
SADD participates in an effort to remove unwanted medications from people’s homes so they are no longer accessible to teens. According to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, every day 2,500 teens use a prescription drug they find at home to get high for the first time. Approximately 60 percent of teens who abuse prescription painkillers do so before age 15.
The district attorney’s office obtains a court order in order for the department to legally destroy the medication collected. Once the items are burned, the court order is filed.
Individuals unable to attend the event may use the drug disposal container located in the Police Department’s front lobby. The bin is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals who have medicine they no longer want. Acceptable items include prescription medications, all over-the-counter medications, pet medications, medicated ointment, lotions or drops, liquid medications in leak-proof containers, inhalers, pills in any packaging. Donations in the bin are anonymous, as well.
Community Drug Disposal Day is held at McMinnville Police Department, located at 204 Red Road in Red Road Business Park. For more information, call 473-3808.