Safe Disposal of Unused Prescription Drugs in Brookhaven
Thanks to the Brookhaven Police Department and CVS Health, residents are now able to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances at the new drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department headquarters at 2665 Buford Highway. The City of Brookhaven Police Department was awarded a grant for a drug collection unit as part of CVS Health’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
According to a Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study, 70% of teenagers say that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets. The new drug disposal unit will help reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in resident’s homes and decrease the potential for prescription drug abuse. Safely disposing of unused prescription drugs will also prevent contamination of local landfills and water supplies.
The Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program has donated more than 600 drug collection units to police departments across the country, and has collected more than 47 metric tons (100,000 pounds) of unwanted medication. Brookhaven’s new Drug Collection Unit is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and drugs can be dropped off without any questions asked. Other drug collection units and times can be found at http://stoprxabuseinga.org/prescription-drug-disposal/.