About three weeks after installing a Prescription Drug Drop Box, the Moultrie Police Department emptied it this week and brought out two paper grocery bags full of drugs.
“Most of it was expired prescription drugs,” said Lt. Seth Walters.
And that is the target of the program. It was begun Feb. 22 to give residents of Moultrie and Colquitt County a place to deposit unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs.
The program is intended to prevent drug abuse and addiction by reducing the amount of excess medication in the community, according to a press release from the City of Moultrie. It can also deter the use of prescription drugs by children or teens.
On top of that, drugs that are not properly disposed of can get into the water supply — a widespread issue discovered by an Associated Press investigation in 2008. The Moultrie police will dispose of the drugs in ways that will prevent that.
Funding for the drop box was provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Prevention Services and Programs.
“Items eligible for drop-off include expired and unused medications, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, medicated ointment/lotion/drops, inhalers, unopened epi-pens, and liquid medications,” said the city’s press release. “We will not take needles, lancets, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, business waste, empty containers, or personal care products.”
The drop box will be maintained at the Moultrie Police Department and will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.