Boise residents and college students will now have an additional safe disposal location to drop off unwanted medications and outdated prescriptions. The newest site is located on the Boise State University campus, at the Boise Police substation at 2245 W. University Drive.
Launched in 2009, the medication collection program is a partnership between Boise’s Public Works and Police departments, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Garden City, and Eagle Police Departments, and now Boise State University.
“Having Boise State University come onboard as the newest partner will provide a permanent collection location so we can continue to reduce medication misuse and accidental poisoning while increasing residents’ awareness of the benefits of proper medication disposal,” said Lt. Robert Gallas, of Boise Police Department.
In addition to the public safety benefits, the proper disposal of medication has a real impact on Boise’s water quality. Flushing unwanted or expired medication down the drain or toilet leads to harmful effects on the city’s water renewal process and the Boise River.
“How we handle these medications from our homes makes a real difference for water quality in our community,” said Angela Deckers, Boise’s hazardous materials coordinator. “Flushing or disposing of these medications in the landfill are some of the worst options, so through great partnerships like this one, we’ll make it easier and more accessible for residents to properly dispose of these medications and keep pharmaceutical compounds out of our water renewal process and the landfill.”
Since 2009, over 19 tons of medication has been collected throughout Ada County. Largely due to additional sites and outreach, from 2015 to 2016, the amount of medication collected jumped 29 percent.
Medications may be dropped off at any location during business hours. Medications may be bagged, and any liquid medication must remain in original containers. No needles or sharps are permitted.
Disposal sites can be found across Boise, as well as Garden City, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, and Kuna. For a map and location of your nearest disposal site, please visit curbitboise.org.