By Staff Reports
DELRAY BEACH – Residents needing a place to dispose their expired and/or unwanted medications can now do so at the Police Department, 300 W. Atlantic Ave.
The agency has installed a “Med Return” machine in its lobby, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The program, which was funded with Police forfeiture funds, has become increasingly important and assists with the prevention of overuse and/or misuse of prescription medication, officials said. Unwanted drugs and medications may be dropped off anonymously and all medications that are received are deposited into a locked and secured machine within the department.
Overuse and/or misuse of prescription medications has become a significant problem throughout the country as evidenced by the recent “pill mill” legislation and crack downs, according to a news release. The public is encouraged to assist law enforcement by properly disposing of their unused prescription medication.
This is a safer and more sustainable method of disposal than throwing away pills and/or flushing them down the toilet and into the City’s wastewater treatment process, according to the release. It also keeps the medication out of the hands of children.
For more information, contact the Delray Beach Police Department at 561-243-7888.