BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Hanging onto old medication is a safety risk. Now there's a location where we can safely get rid of prescription drugs.
A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit is now in the lobby of the public safety building in Belvidere. The MedReturn Drug Collection Unit will provide residents the ability to dispose of medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Prescription medicine, patches, over the counter drugs, and vitamins can go in the bin. Medications should be either in original containers or in non-leaking containers, such as a sealable plastic bag. Medications are not required to be labeled.
Unaccepted items include needles, sharps, liquids (hydrogen peroxide, lotions, and ointments), inhalers, aerosol cans, IV Bags, and thermometers. Medications brought from nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, or other businesses which distribute medications are also unacceptable.
"The more we medication we get out of people’s homes that aren't being used the less likely we're going to have abuse and use of our children by those same prescriptions," Michelle Courier, Boone County State’s Attorney, said.
The Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition worked with Crime Stoppers and received a grant from CVS Pharmacy's Safer Communities Program to pay for the unit.