Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

11-12-09 Unused Medications Turn-In

11-12-09 Unused Medications Turn-In

Boise November 12th, 2008 - Boise State University’s Environmental Health & Safety office is partnering with the Boise Police Department to introduce a Pharmaceutical Take-Back Initiative which will allow students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community an opportunity to bring in their unused, out of date, and unwanted medicines for collection and proper disposal by a uniformed officer. The public health benefits are twofold. One, the removal of outdated and unwanted medications helps prevent illicit drug use and accidental poisonings. Two, we are providing this service to educate the community on good practices as it pertains to pharmaceuticals and the environment. Current practice is to flush it down the sanitary sewer or to throw it away in a landfill. These practices do not allow for adequate de-commissioning and treatment and results in trace amounts of these chemicals in our groundwater and rivers.

What: A Boise Police officer will be accepting pharmaceutical products, both over-the-counter and prescribed

Where: between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm at the Boise Police Department booth at the REACH Health Fair

Critical Information for the event
• Medications stay in their original containers.
• Personal information can be crossed out, but keep information about medication legible.
• Do not remove labels.
• No sharps.
• No medical waste.
• Medications will be destroyed.

For more information, please contact Cal Gillis at 426-3999 or Sarah Cordova 426-3943.

Release Prepared By: 

Charles McClure 

Boise Police Public Information