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Posted on: February 15, 2017

Fort Morgan Police Set Up Medication Drop Box

The Fort Morgan Police Department has established an official safe disposal site for unused or expired household medications in the lobby of the FMPD building at 901 E. Beaver Ave.

The new secure drop box is part of an ongoing drug take-back effort by local police, and the FMPD is the first law enforcement agency in Morgan County to offer this program. The drop box was obtained through the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

 

The Police Department will continue to participate in the periodic National Drug Take-Back events sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The new program is sponsored by the State of Colorado and allows for medication collection any time of the year during normal business hours at the Fort Morgan Police Department. 

 

The drop box and the Drug Take Back events provide the best options for families to safely dispose of potentially harmful medications. Most any pills, prescriptions or vitamins will be accepted.  A few items that cannot be accepted include syringes, needles, marijuana products, mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances or pressurized canisters.

 

Only household medications from the community are permitted. Health care facility waste is not allowed.

 

It is estimated that the average American household has four pounds of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately when expired or unused medications are stored in a home it creates an opportunity for misuse and abuse which can have serious, and evenly deadly results. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

“The drop box is a valuable addition to the twice-a-year program we participate in,” said FMPD Community Resource Officer Roger Doll. “Residents will now have another option to properly dispose of unwanted medications.”

 

The Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program provides the Police Department with the materials to safely package and deliver the collected medications to a secure and lawful disposal site. There is no cost associated with the program for the City of Fort Morgan or anyone dropping off medications.

 

Before dropping off medications, citizens are advised to mark out any personal information on prescription bottles or containers. Absolutely no records are kept of who drops off the unused prescriptions or what types of medications were dropped off.

 

The green drop box is located inside the Fort Morgan Police Department, in the lobby next to a new and greatly expanded display of public information brochures. The police department welcomes the public to visit its lobby and take advantage of these resources.

 

Residents can stop by anytime during normal business hours and use the drop box to dispose of unwanted or unused medications.  For more information contact Officer Roger Doll at (970) 542-3948.

 

 

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