Example drug drop-off box
Example drug drop-off box
The Independence Police Department recently installed a new drug drop-off box in the temporary City Hall. The drop-off box allows area citizens to safely dis- pose of their unused or expired medications. Medications accepted for disposal include: prescription medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicine patches, over the counter medications and drug samples. Citizens are not permitted to dispose of hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, needles/sharps, medications from businesses or clinics, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lo- tions or liquids into the drug drop-off box. The disposal of medications will be handled by both Independence and Cof- feyville’s police departments, and they will not I.D. or otherwise document those who drop off any medications to the box. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison stated: “Our commissioners and citizens demand that IPD find ways to partner with area stakeholders. Our drug drop-off program demonstrates we hear our community and we’re working to provide effective and efficient services that ben- efit our citizens without increasing tax needs.” The drop-off box was installed in April of this year and was funded with a grant through Four County Mental Health. Through the grant several boxes have been placed around the area. The box is located to the left of the elevators on the first floor of the temporary City Hall, 811 W Laurel. Citizens are encouraged to drop off accepted medica- tions during the regular City Hall hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An attempt to reach Four County’s STR Opioid Re- gional Coordinator Justin Doane was made but he was unavailable for comment. For further questions contact the IPD at 620-332- 1700.