Muskego Police open 24/7 drop box for expired medicines

CREATED May 16, 2014

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MUSKEGO -- This doesn't work like a pharmacy; the drop box is open all the time.

Muskego Police on Friday unveiled the new bin in the department's lobby. Painted green with the words "Got Drugs?" on the top, the drop box encourages people to properly discard any old medicines.
 
Accepted items include all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, and pet medications (thermometers, needles or syringes, inhalers and aerosol cans will not be accepted).
 
"Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone's responsibility as a matter of public safety," Lt. David Constantineau warns. "More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. 
 
Constantineau says the bin does come at a cost - $800 - mostly for security. The drop box requires heavy-duty locks and is bolted into the ground to prevent any theft.