A new drop box in the lobby of the Belton Police Department is a safe place to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs.
The box was received as part of a grant program from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). The locked box is available for people to drop off prescription drugs 24 hours a day.
Only pills and patches are accepted (no liquids or needles should be dropped off for destruction). Police plan to empty the box and weigh its contents daily. Items collected will be disposed of using the same protocols for destroying other property.
During the first year of using the box, Belton PD is required to send quarterly updates to NADDI about the total number of pounds of pharmaceuticals removed by the program.
Belton PD has participated in periodic RX collection and disposal programs, but with 24-hour accessibility, the new drop box is a convenience for those interested in properly discarding of unused prescription medications.
The drug drop box is an effort by NADDI to safeguard against accidental poisonings, drug diversion by teens, and environmental risks posed by keeping unused medications in homes.