Grant helps Riverview police combat drug abuse

Photo by Teresa Nims. A drug collection unit sits outside the Riverview police station, 14100 Civic Park Drive. Riverview residents may drop off unwanted or expired medications, including controlled substances, no questions asked.

Photo by Teresa Nims. A drug collection unit sits outside the Riverview police station, 14100 Civic Park Drive. Riverview residents may drop off unwanted or expired medications, including controlled substances, no questions asked.

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERIVEW – With no questions asked, residents can drop off unwanted and expired medications, including controlled substances, at the Police Department via a grant from CVS/pharmacy for a drug collection unit.

The new unit was installed Feb. 24 inside the police station, 14100 Civic Park Drive, and is open 24 hours a day.

Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm said drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

People disposing items are asked to put pills in a plastic bag and seal it before putting the bag into the box. Police ask that the pill bottle labels be removed or marked out and the pill bottle be thrown away or taken with the person depositing the medication.

Items not accepted include illegal drugs, needles, syringes, lancets, IV bags, thermometers, inhalers, bodily infectious waste, empty containers, liquid medication, Epi-pens and personal care products.

“It is for medications either expired or no longer needed,” Rosebohm said. “It avoids them from going into the watershed or contaminating the ground.”
The chief said many other communities already have them or are slated to receive the boxes.

To learn more about the CVS/pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Communities go to www.facebook.com/cvsinaction.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)

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