Dispose of Drugs ProperlyLate last year the Gainesville Police Department along with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) installed a prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the Gainesville Justice Center. Unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs have been determined to present substantial risks to our community by either falling into the wrong hands, or by damaging our environment through improper disposal. The permanent, secure drop-box provides a way for residents to properly dispose of these medications without them falling into the wrong hands.
The drop box has proven to be a successful tool in combating drugs within or community. In just over a month’s time we were able to collect nearly 20 pounds of unused, unwanted, or expired medications. These are prescription drugs that could have easily fallen into the wrong hands. Prescription drug abuse is one of the most common utilized drugs among young people, possibly more common than marijuana. Often times prescription drugs are easy for teens and youth to obtain in their own homes, and homes of their family and friends.
Medications may be deposited in the drop-box during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at police headquarters, located at 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.
“We will continue these efforts to reduce the prescription drugs that are readily available to our children” says Police Chief Brian P. Kelly. Chief Kelly says “Prescription drugs are considered a gateway drug to other serious and dangerous street drugs; this program enables us to get our unwanted, unused and expired medicine out of our homes and to law enforcement agencies for proper disposal.” “It’s crucial that unused, unwanted and expired drugs lurking in peoples medicine cabinets do not end up in the wrong hands” says Kelly.