Mission Police announced Monday a new addition to the Mission Public Safety Building: A prescription drop-off box.
The Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense (UNIDAD) Coalition in partnership with the Mission Police Department have applied for and was approved to receive a grant from CVS Pharmacy for a permanent prescription medication drop box.
Medication starts to lose its maximum potency after the expiration date. If used a few weeks after it expired, it would work effectively. If used a few years after the expiration date, then it’s useless because its potency and effectiveness would’ve diminished to zip.
The department’s aim is to help people safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medication. The goal is to reduce the availability of prescribed medication for recreational use, which can result in addiction, intoxication and overdoses.
The drop-off system also prevents unsanitary disposal of medicines as some people flush them down the toilet or toss them in the garbage where they collect in landfills.
People can drop off unused, expired or otherwise unwanted medications in the bright red Med-Return Drug Collection Unit in the lobby of the evidence building 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The drop-off box was provided through a grant from retailer CVS. Safely collecting medications people accumulate in their bathroom cabinets is important for a number of reasons, Chief says people can abuse the medication, and more young people are using them to get high or to sell, he said.
Everything “from aspirin to controlled substances” will be accepted, but needles and other sharps are forbidden, Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said.