Drug misuse, abuse and overdose are growing concerns across the nation and most prescription drug abusers say they get the medications from friends or family members.
To help combat this national concern the Longview Police Department and the City of Longview’s Coalition for Drug Free Youth encourage everyone to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications in the Prescription Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Longview Police Department at 302 West Cotton Street.
The box is located in the lobby of the Police Department and is available for prescription drug drop-offs 24 hours a day. This program reduces access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse by children or others in the home.
The program also provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of medications in the landfill or sewer systems that may later negatively affect the environment. Items that can be dropped off include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments.
Among items that are not allowed are needles or other “sharps,” hazardous waste, thermometers, narcotics, trash, mail, lost and found materials, empty containers, or non-medicated personal care products like shampoo or perfume. Commercial disposal from medical facilities, doctor/dental offices, veterinarians, etc. is prohibited.