Casper Police remind residents of 24 hour prescription drop box

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 2:53 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Take-Back Day. The US Drug Enforcement Administration works with partners around the country to encourage the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes.

The Casper Police Department is reminding the community that in the lobby of the police department there is a free prescription drop box that is open 24 hours a day. Citizens can safely dispose of prescriptions, vitamins, pet medications, and over-the-counter medication using the dropbox.

“We encourage individuals within the city if they have those prescription drugs and really any sort of medication that they’re looking to dispose of safely they’re welcome to come anytime drop it off at their convenience,” said Casper Police Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd.

According to Ladd, the dropbox is emptied about once a month, and it is almost always filled. The department is thankful that the community is willing to make a trip to the station to safely dispose of their medication.

“There’s a lot of environmental hazards of course when you think about putting prescriptions and medications potentially in our waterways. From the criminal side, there’s also a huge risk there where if you have medications laying around if they’re in your trash if they’re just in your medicine cabinet... it’s just a risk that we can help take away by making sure that we don’t have medications that we don’t really need inside of our homes,” said Ladd.

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