GENEVA – The Geneva Police Department will be working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in collecting expired or unwanted prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 at 20 Police Plaza, Geneva, as part of the National Drug Take-Back Day, officials announced in a news release.
Medications from anyone – not just Geneva residents – can be turned in to the records specialist at the front desk.
Pills or patches that can be accepted include prescription medications, medication samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, vet medications, on-controlled DEA drugs.
Pills should be removed from their original container by pouring them directly into a plastic bag. People should take any empty prescription bottles and boxes that may contain any personal information back home.
The department will not be accepting any liquids, ointments, illegal substances, narcotics, thermometers, IV bags, sharps or needles, bloody or infectious waste or empty containers, the release stated.
This is the 17th time in nine years Geneva police have participated in the drug-take- back program for the public.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. After 2 p.m., the police department will revert to its current practice of accepting unused medication from only Geneva residents, the release stated.
Started in 2010, this initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.
These medications should not be flushed down the toilet or sink because they could end up in local drinking water supplies.
By turning in old medications, people are preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, visit the DEA’s website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.