DPD receives medication drop box

Published 11:30 am Friday, September 5, 2014

The Demopolis Police Department recently received a grant through CVS/pharmacy for a prescription drug return box.

DPD Officer Paul Foster said DPD Chief Tommie Reese applied for the grant through the CVS/pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. He added that the box will help alleviate the problem of abused prescription medications in Demopolis and the surrounding areas.

“This is a continuation of the drug take backs we do every so often,” Foster said. “This will help reduce the problem of overused and abused prescription drugs. People can come in and drop off their unneeded medications, no questions asked.”

Demopolis Police Department Officer Paul Foster helped DPD secure a grant for the CVS/pharmacy Drug Collection Unit.

Demopolis Police Department Officer Paul Foster helped DPD secure a grant for the CVS/pharmacy Drug Collection Unit.

The box is located in the lobby of the Demopolis Police Department. Foster said any prescription medications, patches and vitamins can be dropped off in the box. He asked that no liquid medications, needles or anything with blood should be dropped in the box.

“When people have extra medications, they can come by and drop it in the box, and we’ll dispose of it,” Foster said. “There’s certain paperwork we have to do, then we have places we can take it to dispose of it.”

The CVS/pharmacy drug collection unit is part of a project with drugfree.org and the Medicine Abuse Project.