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Decatur Police Department awarded grant to install drug collection unit

From the Decatur Police Department: 

The Decatur Police Department would like to announce that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit. The new unit will be located inside the police department located at City Hall at 402 Lee ST NE beginning Friday, April 10, 2015. It will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents' homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

The new unit will also help to prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.

The following medicine WILL be accepted: Prescription Meds, Prescription Patches, Over the Counter Medications, Vitamins, Samples and Medication for Pets.

The following items WILL NOT be accepted: Hydrogen Peroxide, Inhalers, Aerosol Cans, Ointments, Lotions & Liquids, Medication from Businesses or Clinics, Needles (sharps) and Thermometers.

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