The Police Departments in Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake in cooperation with the Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB), are proud to announce that they have installed prescription drug drop boxes at their agencies. Jeff Capretto of WEB had worked with The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) in obtaining a grant to purchase the boxes for the Westshore Police Departments. Through the efforts of WEB, NADDI and the various cities, our residents will be able to dispose of their prescription drug medications in a safe and secure manner.
Lakewood residents can bring their solid prescription medicines to the front lobby of the Lakewood Police Department, where the box is located, at any time. No information is required of the person dropping off the medicine. The police department cannot accept needles or liquids, but all other forms of prescription medications can be accepted. The department asks that labels on the bottles be removed or names of persons on the labels be marked out. If you have any questions, please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773 or www.onelakewood.com.
“This is a very helpful service for citizens and cities,” stated Mayor Mike Summers. “Proper disposal is critical to good environmental stewardship. Placing these drugs in our landfills and/or water treatment systems is very detrimental to our water supply. Additionally, many of these drugs are attractive to the illicit drug culture. Removing them from our homes is good crime prevention.”
For a listing of all agencies with a prescription drop box, visit www.rxdrugdropbox.org.