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Greene Sheriff's Office Installs Prescription Drug Drop Box

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Prescription drug drop box outside of Greene Sheriff's Office Prescription drug drop box outside of Greene Sheriff's Office

The Greene County Sheriff's Office now has a system to help people drop off their old prescriptions any time. It hopes the new drug disposal box will encourage people to throw their medication away in a safe manner.

Many sheriffs' offices across the commonwealth designate drug drop-off days throughout the year. The Greene County agency says they are the first to install a permanent collection box.

A new, white prescription drug disposal box is now mounted on the sidewalk in front of the Greene County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff says they installed the system after many inquiries from community members about how to properly dispose of their pills.

Security cameras will be monitored by dispatchers all day to make sure people have a safe way to get rid of their medication.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith said, "To get them out of their houses so that - to keep them out of young people's hands or any temptation for anyone else, and it's a lot better than flushing them down the toilet or just throwing them out into the environment. Bring them in here and we will destroy it for them."

The drugs will be incinerated after they are collected. The Sheriff's Office asks that you avoid dropping off sharp objects, such as needles.

The drug disposal box cost the Sheriff's Office $800. It was covered by state funds.

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