**Drug “Drop-Box” Now Located at Clayton County Police Headquarters**
In the past, the Clayton County Police Department has participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) bi-annual Drug Take Back Day collection dates which meant that citizens had to wait to safely surrender their unwanted prescription medications. Through the collaborative effort of Clayton County COO, Detrick Stanford, Police Chief, Kevin Roberts and Fire Chief, Landry Merkison, citizens will have continuous access to two safe places where they will be able to discard unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.
Two “Medical Disposal” drug drop-boxes have been provided to Clayton County by CVS Pharmacy as a result of their affiliation with the Partnership for Drug-Free-Kids organization. One of the disposal boxes has been placed in the lobby of the Clayton County Police Department (7911 N. McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236) which is accessible to the public 24-hours a day on every day of the year (including holidays). The other disposal box has been placed in the lobby of the Harold R. Banke Justice Complex (9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236) which is accessible during normal business hours on weekdays.
Clayton County’s drive to establish safe locations where citizens can dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication is derived from the growing opioid crisis and the first-hand knowledge that the supply of prescription medications that are often abused are those found at home in our medicine cabinets (Fire Chief, Landry Merkison).
Items that CAN be discarded in the “Medical Disposal” boxes are as follows:
• Prescription drugs
• Over the counter medications
• Sample medications
• Pet medications
• Prescription Patches
With the understanding that medication is prescribed in many different forms and may be accompanied by special apparatuses for consumption, as it relates to public safety, certain items may not be placed in the boxes. Items that we CANNOT accept include:
• Oxygen tanks
• Radioactive cancer medication
• Mercury thermometers
• Aerosol medications
*Removing labels is optional if citizens wish to remain anonymous.