Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputies made their second drop-off Thursday in regard to the recent Rx 4 Safety prescription drug initiative.
In April 2015, the Sheriff’s Office obtained certification and approval for grant funding, with the assistance of Madison County Planning and Development, that allows the transport and disposal of medications.
Sheriff John D. Lakin, in partnership with all the police chiefs of Madison County, in this second collection, has collected more than 1,300 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications. These medications have been disposed of at a federally regulated location approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. In July 2015, more than 1,200 pounds were delivered, bringing the total to more than 2,500 pounds.
This is a collective effort to protect the environment from the improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and to keep prescription medications from being ingested accidentally, stolen or misused.
Secure drop-off bins are located at the following police departments: Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Granite City, Highland, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Roxana, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Troy and Wood River. These bins were provided by CVS Pharmacy, Republic Waste and the American Water Co.
The drop-off locations are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Citizens don’t have to wait for a specific date to get these items out of their homes.
These are items that can be accepted:
- Any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, liquids, narcotics, cough syrup, prescription medicines, hormones, painkillers, antibiotics, ointments, oils and any unidentified pills.
These are items that cannot be accepted:
- Oxygen tanks, asthma inhalers, mercury thermometers, hearing aids, household waste, and sharps or needles.
“The destruction of more than 2,500 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications is exemplary,” a Sheriff’s Office press release states. “The law enforcement community of Madison County is excited about this endeavor and we look forward to this continued cooperative effort between law enforcement and the citizens it serves.”
For information, contact Jaimie Linton, Administrator of Business Affairs for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, at (618) 296-4850.