November 25, 2014

The Saratoga Springs Police Department is pleased to announce the installation of a secure prescription drug drop-off box in the lobby of the police station. The Police Department and the Prevention Council have worked together for the past several years on the bi-annual Drug Take Back Days.  The installation of the drop box is an extension of those efforts.

Some of the concerns put forth from our citizens have been what to do with unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription drugs. It often seems these prescription drugs end up in the wrong place when not dealt with in a timely manner. This may be in the hands of criminals or, in other cases, in the hands of abusers. Too often these abusers are teens, family members or friends.

While the DEA sponsors a twice-a-year prescription drug take back, our hope is that the drop-off box will give our community another option should the need arise. The Saratoga Springs Police Department has participated in the DEA events for numerous years and will continue to participate in the future.

Saratoga Springs Chief of Police Greg Veitch said, “We are happy to partner with the Prevention Council on the installation of the prescription drug drop off box.  The drop-off box allows anyone to dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications without having to wait for a drug take-back event.  Unwanted, unused and expired medications may be dropped off at the police department twenty four hours a day, seven days per week, no questions asked.”

The secure drop-box will be available 24 hours a day and members of the police department will ensure the discarded drugs are properly destroyed.  The drop box is not intended for dangerous or toxic liquids, needles or illegal drugs. Should anyone have any questions as to what can or cannot be dropped off, please call 584-1800.