Law Enforcement and WLSSD Team-Up for New Program

By KBJR News 1

Law Enforcement and WLSSD Team-Up for New Program

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM CDT

The St. Louis Co. Sheriff's Department, Hermantown Police Department, and Proctor Police Department have partnered with the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District to launch, 'Take it to the Box.'

Take it to the Box is a new program that provides residents a year-round opportunity for a safe, convenient, and confidential disposal of unwanted or expired medicines.

The program is opening three permanent drop-off sites in the lobby areas of law enforcement facilities.

The drop-off sites are accessible to people during all public hours.

Residents can simply open the drop box door and place the packaged medications in the box.

People should keep medications in their original containers, and if possible, in a sealed, plastic bag.

A marker can be used to cross out personal information.

All over-the-counter, and pet medications from households are accepted.

Needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers are not accepted.

Hermantown Police Chief, Jim Crace says, "Area law enforcement is serious about preventing medication misuse, abuse, and environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices."

The following locations have the Take it to the Box drop:

Duluth Police Department/St. Louis County Sheriff
Public Safety Building
Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hermantown Police Department
Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4:3- p.m.

Proctor Police Department
Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4:3- p.m.

WLSSD will continue to offer their Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Days drive through collection events at its Household Hazardous Waste Facility on 27th Ave West.

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