Police Collecting Old Pills & Medications


Decatur – Decatur Police will help you properly dispose of old pills, patches, cough drops and medications.

Saturday, from 10am until 2pm, officers will take your expired or old drugs outside police headquarters at 707 W. South Side Drive across from WAND TV.

“We don’t want them throwing them in the trash.  We don’t want them flushing them down the toilet to poison our water supplies or actually go into our soil,” Officer George Kestner told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  Kestner says this is an opportunity to make sure drugs don’t get into the wrong hands.

DPD is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the 11th time in six years.  People can simply pull up to the front doors and pass the items of their car windows.  You can drop them off anonymously with no questions asked.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, lancets or sharps.  Inhalers are not accepted.

Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family or friends, including from the home cabinet, so Kestner says it is important to get rid of them properly.  Old prescriptions are sometimes taken out of household trash.

Pana Police are also helping dispose of old medications Saturday, 10am-2pm.  The drop off site is the Pana Walgreen’s.  Taylorville has a drop off at the local CVS.

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