Clanton police will collect unwanted medicine

Published 9:42 pm Thursday, September 23, 2010

The general public will have the chance Saturday to dispose of their “unused, unneeded or unwanted” prescription drugs during a collection at Goosepond Park.

The one-day effort is part of the nationwide take back initiative by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Clanton police will be on hand to oversee the collection site Saturday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Clanton narcotics officer Randy Morris Sr. said the sell and abuse of prescription drugs remains the city’s biggest drug problem. On Saturday, people can dispose of any prescription drugs, no questions asked or ID required.

“We’re just trying to collect them and destroy them to try and get them off our streets,” said Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

A few notes and information provided by the DEA:

•Controlled, non-controlled and over the counter prescriptions and medicine may be collected.

•The program is anonymous, and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.

•Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, individuals should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

•Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remained sealed in their original container.

•Intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens. Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine are not part of this initiative.