LEHI -- The Lehi Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to purchase a prescription drop-off box for the public to safely dispose of their medications. Acquired in time for "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" month in April, Lehi officers are excited to be part of a Utah County network providing safe drug disposal sites.
"No questions asked, no information will be gathered, we just want to get them [prescription drugs] off the streets and away from the water supplies," LPD Officer Kenny Rose said. "Utah is number one in the nation for prescription overdose, and 70 percent of teens get these drugs from friends or relatives. Once hooked on prescription drugs, people tend to move towards more illegal drugs like heroin. Instead of paying $40 for a pill you can get a balloon of heroin for $10, and these drugs are the cause of overdoses."
Those participating in "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" month want to inform everyone on how to dispose of their prescription drugs properly, according Rose. He said in the past, people would flush them in the toilets, causing them to end up in our water systems. With these drop boxes located throughout the cities and at most police stations, people can now "clean out their medicine cabinets" appropriately and fairly easily.
An opportunity to get rid of any unwanted or expired prescription drugs, the subsequent empty medicine cabinet removes temptation from other family members and friends, Rose said.
There are two ways to get rid of your prescription drugs.
The first is taking them to participating stores in Utah County. On Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be drop boxes in Orem at Walgreens, 850 S. State St.; Orem Walgreens, 763 N. State St,; Pleasant Grove Walgreens, 815 W. State Rd.; Lehi Walgreens, 102 N. 1200 East.; and Saratoga Springs Walgreens, 1410 N. Redwood Rd.
On Saturday, April 24, you will find drop off boxes at more participating stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springville Walgreens, 420 S. Main St.; Payson Walgreens, 132 N. Main St.; and the Lindon City Wal-Mart, 585 N. State Street, Lindon.
The second way is to take your prescription drugs to the permanent medication disposal sites located in Mapleton Police Department, Orem Department of Public Safety, Santaquin/Genola Public Safety Building, Salem City Offices, Eagle Mtn. Sheriff's Office, Provo Police Department, Spanish Fork Police Dept., Utah County Jail, Utah County Sheriff's Office, and now at the Lehi Police Station on 580 W. State St., Lehi.