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Prescription Drug Disposal Box Installed

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. It is this awareness that has resulted in the partnership between the Gainesville Police Department and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) to work together to provide a safe alternative method to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals.
 
The Gainesville Police Department along with NADDI, who furnished the box are pleased to announce the installation of a permanent, secure drop-box located at police headquarters. Community members and residents are now welcome to come to the Gainesville Justice Center where unwanted medications may be turned in anonymously. Once collected, proper staff will ensure the medication is disposed of according to State and Federal laws.
 
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.
 
With this program we are hoping that the proper disposal of unwanted and expired prescription drugs around the house will slow the soaring drug addiction rate among youths. Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in recent years, especially among younger people.
 
“This effort will 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.
 
Please contact Corporal Kevin Holbrook at kholbrook@gainesville.orgwith any questions.