New drug collection unit installed at Decatur Police Department

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Residents with unwanted, unused, unwanted or expired medications can now dispose of them at the Decatur Police Department. There is a new Drug Collection Unit located inside the police department at City Hall at 402 Lee Street NE.

The new unit came from a grant from CVS Pharmacy.

Officials say the new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

It will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.

The following medicine WILL be accepted at the Drug Collection Unit:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Patches
  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medications for Pets

The following items WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ointments
  • Lotions & Liquids
  • Medication from Businesses or Clinics
  • Needles (sharps)
  • Thermometers

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