Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office implements Drug Disposal/Collection Grant Initiative
June 21, 2016
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a grant from CVS Pharmacy to implement a drug disposal and collection initiative. The Drug Disposal for Safer Communities Program was created by CVS Health to enact and promote the safe removal of expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs from households where they can potentially become a source for drug abuse or diversion.
A red drug collection bin has been placed inside the main entrance of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day. All drugs, including controlled substances, can be dropped off with no questions asked. Items that cannot be accepted are: Needles, thermometers, inhalers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, lotions, and liquids. This initiative is intended to reduce the amount of unused and unneeded medicine accessible in residential homes. According to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Study, more than seventy percent (70%) of teenagers say that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinets. This is an alarmingly high statistic and one that can be significantly reduced by simply discarding these medicines. Additionally, the collection bin will help prevent the contamination of our landfill and water supplies from improper disposal of these unused medications.
“I am extremely proud that this is another positive partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the community to help make our county safe and healthy by providing a secure and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted medications. We deeply appreciate the commitment and applaud the efforts of CVS Pharmacy to combat medication misuse through this initiative. This innovative grant program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date. Together, we can fight prescription drug abuse!” Sheriff Roberts said.