In October 2016, the New Carlisle Police Department installed a prescription drug drop box in the hallway of the lower level of the town hall.
The goal of the program is to encourage people to dispose of these items in a safe place.
“It’s much better than throwing it in the trash or flushing it down the stool,” Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Jeff Roseboom said.
Given the regulations and requirements to have a drop box, Roseboom notes it is a unique service for a town of New Carlisle’s size.
You can drop off prescriptions, vitamins, sample medications, and even pet medications.
While things like syringes, patches, and liquid medicines can not go into the drop box, you can turn those items directly into the police.
“A lot of places won’t take them, but we will,” Roseboom said.
Since the program was implemented, the police department has collected 36 pounds of prescription medication, nine pounds of syringes, and six pounds of liquids such as cough syrup.
The box is checked monthly and the drugs are picked up by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).