MEDICATION DROP BOXES
HELP REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Three law enforcement agencies have announced a joint effort
to help address the abuse of prescription medications
Chatham Police Department
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
Hudson Police Department
Use the Drop Box. All three agencies have installed "medication drop boxes" in which anyone can
deposit discontinued, expired or unwanted medications, especially controlled substances.
First ...Safeguard your medications... Second ... dispose of the ones that are no longer needed or outdated.
No Questions asked and No Paperwork required. Just put your medications in these boxes, including prescription narcotics.
Rising Abuse. Prescription drug abuse has increased and even surpassed the use of most illicit drugs. Overdoses have taken lives.
Adults, Teens and Kids. Adults, teens and even kids at younger ages abuse drugs. Many teens consider
prescription and over-the-counter medications as party drugs. Parents are not aware that their own
medicine cabinets are often the sources of these drugs.
Private Households only. The drop boxes are for private households only. They are not intended for use by pharmacies or veterinarians.
Please do NOT use the boxes for ... syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, inhalers, soaps and
shampoos, empty containers, or trash.
Environmentally Safe. The medications will be properly incinerated at a licensed facility. People should
not flush unused drugs because that pollutes the water supply and throwing them into the garbage
makes it an easy target for thieves and pets.