Police Offer Ways To Dispose of Expired Prescription Medicines
Richmond Police are participating in a nationwide effort to get expired prescription medications out of your medicine cabinets and to keep children and others out of harm's way. Charles Fishburne reports.
It is the first nationwide effort to help you properly dispose of drugs.
Russell: We're just finding growing instances of children that are getting ahold of prescription medications and using them in ways they shouldn't use them.
Captain Roger Russell.
Russell: We're finding that a lot of folks that have these medicines and no longer had any use for them, don't have a proper way to get rid of them.
Captain Russell says these drugs cannot be turned in to your local pharmacy and should not be flushed in the sewer system. Instead, on Saturday, the Richmond Police Department will have two collection sites from 10 until 2, at the Southside Community Service Center, 4100 Hull Street and the East District Center, 701 N. 25th Street.
Russell: We'll make sure it's packaged properly and disposed of properly. It's an anonymous type of program; we're not really interested in who people are. We're interested in making sure that we get these drugs off the street safely.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News