HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville Police Department now offers a round-the-clock way for residents to properly dispose of narcotics.
Mayor Tommy Battle joined Huntsville officers in opening the department's first drug drop-box.
"CVS actually buys these boxes for us and then we install them in safe location where people have access to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," explained Chief Mark McMurray.
Located in the central precinct lobby, CVS and a Partnership for a Drug Free Community hope to protect Huntsville residents, old and young.
"A lot of children start that way, with prescription drugs, and move their way into addiction," said David Battle, a boardmember with a Partnership for a Drug Free Community.
Specialists will periodically empty out the box and properly dispose of any drugs inside. While this effort is new, it is not the first that HPD conducts.
"Twice a year on Saturdays we offer opportunities for citizens to drop off their expired drug," said Chief McMurray.
That effort continues, and this new one brings a safe and convenient option year round.
"Medications expire all the time so it's important to know you have a place to dispose of them safety," explained Battle. "Not flush them but get rid of them the proper way."
Any prescription or over-the-counter rug medications can be dropped in the box, in their original package or a plastic bag.
Huntsville police add that no loose medication, needles or illegal drugs can be placed in the box.