Drop Locations for Drug Take Back Day This Saturday
Boise, Nampa, and Caldwell police departments will be part of this weekend's Drug Take Back Day. Now is the time to go through the medicine cabinet to decide what old prescriptions to drop off.
If you've ever had surgery and not finished the prescribed pain meds, you're not alone. To be honest, those pills make my stomach hurt worse than whatever it was that I had surgery on and I usually only take one if that. I still have three or four bottles of pain meds in the medicine cabinet, and I think one of them might be from 2003. That medicine cabinet is not far from the living room, and it's probably the most commonly used bathroom in the house. I have three daughters who are constantly digging around in the cabinet for bandaids, fingernail polish, cotton balls, and tweezers, and the last thing I need is for them to dig into old pills while they're in there. This is exactly why we're supposed to pitch the pills.
Local police departments collect unused, expired, and unwanted prescription medications twice a year as part of National Drug Take Back Day, and they ship those off to the Drug Enforcement Administration to be properly disposed of. They don't want the meds to fall into the wrong hands, and they don't want us to get rid of the drugs ourselves by flushing them because, well, sewer systems don't need pain meds and if millions of people flush pills at the same time that's a lot of hydrocodone down the drain and it could make a huge mess of the pipes. They've thought of things that don't enter our minds on a daily basis, and they're giving us the chance to toss the meds the right way.
The DEA says that 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers in 2019, and the majority of those drugs came from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
This Saturday, April 24th, from 10 am to 2 pm, you'll be able to drop off unwanted meds at these locations:
BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT, PEER WELLNESS CENTER - 7091 Emerald Street
CALDWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT - 110 South 5th
EMMETT POLICE DEPTARTMENT - EMMETT CITY HALL - 501 East Main
DRUG-FREE IDAHO- GARDEN CITY POLICE, FRED MEYER - 5425 West Chinden
MCCALL POLICE DEPARTMENT - 550 Deinhard
MERIDIAN ANTI-DRUG COALITION WITH MERIDIAN POLICE, BLUE CROSS OF IDAHO HEALTH SERVICE, INC. - 300 East Pine
MOUNTAIN HOME POLICE DEPARTMENT - 2757 East 8th
NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT, NAMPA CIVIC CENTER - 311 3rd Street South
Treasure Valley police departments will be joining almost five thousand other police agencies across the country collecting drugs on Saturday, and if past events are any indication they'll gather up about a million pounds of prescription meds in four hours.
If you're in spring-cleaning mode, this is the perfect week to hit the bathroom and be part of something bigger.