Pine District Update for January 28, 2014
Peoria Police Offer Drug Collection
Peoria Police Department Offers the Community Responsible Drug Collection Option
Left over prescription medicine inside our homes are highly susceptible to misuse, theft and abuse. To help with this growing issue the Peoria Police Department is offering our community a safe and responsible way to dispose of these drugs.
Inside the lobby of both precincts community members will find a marked green box that will allow them to drop off their potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs anonymously. The boxes are available to use any time during normal lobby hours. Many types of drugs can be disposed of using the boxes, however items such as needles, liquids, or aerosols -like inhalers are not accepted. The items placed in the drug boxes will be collected on a routine basis by officers and will be destroyed properly.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicine, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards. In addition, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
These drug boxes aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
Locations & Hours:
Public Safety Administration Building Lobby
8351 W. Cinnabar Avenue
Monday–Friday 6a.m. to 6p.m.
Pinnacle Peak Public Safety Building Lobby
23100 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway
Monday–Thursday 7a.m. to 6p.m.