City Launches New Program to Address Medication Disposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

 

In an effort to address proper disposal of medications, vitamins, and other supplements, Prattville Police Department will now allow citizens to drop those items off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In efforts to keep our wastewater treatment facilities operating properly, we are asking that residents not flush down the toilet (or pour down the drain) medicines, vitamins and other supplements. They may enter lakes, rivers and streams, which are often used as sources for community drinking water supplies. Medicine can interfere with wastewater treatment plant operations. For example, antibiotics can destroy the beneficial bacteria used to treat organic matter. Also, treatment facilities were not designed to remove medications, so medicine could pass through the facility and potentially harm plants or fish downstream or even end up in our water supply.

“With the success of this year’s National Take Back Initiative where PPD, in conjunction with the National Guard and the DEA, collected over 63 pounds over unneeded, unwanted medications, came the idea to provide a drop off point on a continuous basis to keep these drugs out of the water supply, wastewater facility and also the hands of our youth,” said Mayor Bill Gillespie. “Prattville Police Department is offering amnesty to anyone who turns in any illegal drug, substance or paraphernalia. No questions asked. The goal is to get these items off the street.”

Citizens may bring these items to the Police Department at 101 West Main Street and hand their items to a uniformed officer any time of the day or night. If you have any questions about drugs or drop off, you may contact Chief Huggins at or (334) 361-3632.

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March 5, 2013
 
We have now collected 136.4 pounds of unneeded, unwanted medications from our citizens. These drugs have been disposed of properly, keeping them out of the hands of our children and our wastewater treatment facilities. We consider this a huge success and thank everyone who has participated thus far in the program!

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