The Waukee Police Department is proud to offer a drug drop box in the lobby, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Responding to an increased demand for readily available drug disposal sites, the drug drop box offers a disposal site for the collection of unwanted, unused or expired medications. Syringes, inhalers, and flammable materials cannot be disposed of in the drop box.
This permanent installation at the Waukee Police Department and the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day address an important public health and public safety issue that is becoming more prevalent. According to the DEA, prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are “highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.” Without other options for disposing of prescription drugs, many people flush old medicines down the toilet or throw them in the trash, potentially infecting the nation’s water supplies.
Waukee Police Sergeant Mackenzie Sposeto said disposing of old prescription drugs helps to ensure the safety of children. “If we can help families remove old prescriptions from their homes that children or teens might find, ingest or potentially abuse, the drop box will accomplish its goal,” she said. “It’s a public service that we are proud to offer.”