The Jacksonville Police Department is providing a medicine drop off box available to the community in the station’s lobby during office hours.
Locals are encouraged to bring old or unwanted medications to have them properly destroyed.
“I know it’s the new year, so everyone’s cleaning out, preparing for spring cleaning, and emptying out their medicine cabinets,” Kresse said.
Crime scene investigator, William Kresse, said the department takes in all types of medication, including over the counter and prescribed medications, but there are some restrictions.
“We do not take liquids, needles, or any type of compressed air, such as an inhaler, or anything of that sort,” Kresse said.
Police also ask that you bring the medication in it’s original container.
“You don’t want to transport a prescribed medication without a label- it’s against the law,” Kresse said.
All medications are treated as evidence and weighed before being destroyed.
“Even if you do have your prescription, name, and label on it, we would recommend you leave that on there. Everything in the container gets incinerated so there’s no need for privacy, no ones going through the medications,” Kresse said.
The Jacksonville Police Department was one of the first agencies in Eastern North Carolina to provide a medical drop box.
“The medicine drop box is great for the community because it keeps the medications out of the water system, away from our children, and keeps them out of unwanted hands, so this way it’s properly disposed of,” Kresse said.