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Prescription drug drop box installed at Law Enforcement Center

Prescription drug drop off box at the Law Enforcement Center in St. Joseph.

By Sarah Thomack
St. Joseph Post

A prescription drug drop box was installed at the Law Enforcement Center in St. Joseph this week.

The box is in the LEC lobby and another drop box will be put in at the Drug Strike Force building this spring.

Anyone can drop off unused or expired prescriptions, pet medications, over-the-counter medications and more. Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett said the lobby is always open, so prescription drugs can be dropped off anytime. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to properly dispose of the items.

“We kind of felt like anytime we can get unneeded, unused prescriptions off the street, it’s a tremendous help for our community,” Puett said. “So that was the focus of it and, of course, being able to address some of the issues with the opioid crisis, it’s just another rung in the ladder of trying to address that.”

Mosaic Life Care donated the funds for the two boxes which cost over $5,000.

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