On Friday, July 24, deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's Office are making their first quarterly drop off in regard to the recent "Rx 4 Safety" prescription drug initiative.
In April of 2015, the Madison County Sheriff's Office obtained certification and approval for grant funding that allows the transport and disposal of medications. Sheriff John D. Lakin, in partnership with all the Police Chiefs of Madison County, have collected of over 1,2001bs of prescription and over the counter medications. These medications are going to be disposed of at a federally regulated location, approved by the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency).
This is a collective effort to protect the environment from the improper disposal of medications/drugs and also to keep our prescription medications from being ingested accidentally, stolen, or misused. Secured drop off bins have been installed at the following Police Departments: Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Granite City, Highland, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Roxana, and Troy.
We also received notification that the bins for East Alton, Glen Carbon, Madison, and SIUE Police Departments are ready for installation. These bins were provided by Republic Waste and the American Water Company. The outstanding part of this initiative is that these drop off locations are available to the citizens 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Citizens don't have to wait for a specific date to get these items out of their homes.
These are the items we CAN accept: Any over the counter medications, vitamins, liquids, narcotics, cough syrup, prescription medicines, hormones, painkillers, antibiotics, ointments, oils, and any unidentified pills.
These are the items we CANNOT accept: Oxygen tanks, asthma inhalers, mercury thermometers, hearing aids, household waste, and sharps or needles.
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. If you have any questions regarding this initiative, or the information provided in this release, please feel free to contact Jaimie Linton, Administrator of Business Affairs, for the Madison County Sheriff's Office at (618)296-4850.