ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Citizens will now have a way to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.
The St. Augustine Police Department has a National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators dropbox set up at the police department located on 151 King Street.
According to the release, "medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse." With this dropbox, people can drop off prescriptions anonymously and the SAPD will ensure they are disposed of properly.
To get the box, SAPD applied for an Endo Pharmaceuticals grant with the help of Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Skeeterhawk Experiment.
UPDATE, 8/22/13: The following restrictions apply as to what can and cannot be placed into the box, according to a release from the SAPD.
• Only prescription and over-the-counter medications that are in pill or patch form maybe deposited.
• No loose pills may be deposited.
• Drugs must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack, or zip lock bag.
• No liquids, gels, needles, aerosols, or biohazard materials may be deposited.
• No illegal drugs will be placed into the drop box. If a citizen wishes to turn in illegal drugs, a patrol officer will be called to document and recover the drugs. A police report will be written at the time the officer receives the drugs.
If you have any questions you can call Officer Mark Samson at 904-209-3456.