We all have old prescriptions lining our medicine cabinet or random pills in our bathroom drawers that we can't quite remember the name of. You might think it's smart to hold on to them just in case, but those drugs you're letting languish in your home could lead to addiction, be swallowed by a child or grandchild, make someone sick because they're out of date, or even harm the water supply when you flush them down the drain.
Now the Clayton Police Department is making it easy for you to get rid of those drugs - just drop by the Clayton Law Enforcement Center at 315 East Second Street and drop them in the drug disposal box right in the lobby. No questions asked! No paper work to fill out! You can come by any time 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Although legally prescribed drugs serve a useful medical purpose, they can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands and are misused. Cleaning out medicine cabinets and safely disposing of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs can save lives.
The types of drugs that people have dropped off include common over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and NyQuil as well as Ben-Gay cream, vitamins, suppositories, and caffeine pills. The most frequently surrendered controlled substances include Alphamethadol, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Ketamine, Testosterone, Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Prozac, Valium, Ritalin, among thousands of other pills.
The disposal box is intended to make the community safer, prevent potential misuse and to protect the environment. The only items that can't be dropped in the box include syringes and liquids.