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Can now drop off medicine for disposal at Centerfield City office

Centerfield City leaders stand behind the city's new Drug Collection Unit. Pictured are (L-R): Councilman Dan Dalley, Centerfield Police Chief Brett McCall, Councilman Jaden Sorenson, Councilman David Beck and Mayor Tom Sorensen. - Photo courtesy Centerfield City
Centerfield City leaders stand behind the city’s new Drug Collection Unit. Pictured are (L-R): Councilman Dan Dalley, Centerfield Police Chief Brett McCall, Councilman Jaden Sorenson, Councilman David Beck and Mayor Tom Sorensen. – Photo courtesy Centerfield City
Can now drop off medicine for disposal at Centerfield City office

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

11-10-2016

 

CENTERFIELD—With help from CVS/pharmacy, Centerfield City is installing a secure medication disposal drop box in their city hall.

The drop box, which is called a Drug Collection Unit, is located at the Centerfield City Hall at 130 S. Main Street. It will provide residents with a way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances, all year long.

The city and its police department have been participating in semi-annual drug take back events for several years now. The unit is intended as a way to encourage safe and environmentally-responsible disposal of potentially harmful prescription drugs in between the drug take back events.

“While we have been participating in drug take-back days, we have found that our community’s need for safe and proper drug disposal persists between these events,” Centerfield City Mayor, Thomas Sorensen, said.  “Having a permanent drug disposal unit in our office will allow greater access for our residents. In addition to our own city, this unit will serve the entire area, as there are no other permanent collection units available at this time.”

The Drug Collection Unit is just one of 1,000 units being installed across the country through a partnership between CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project, a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-free Kids.

The Unit donation builds on CVS/pharmacy’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program and supports the goal of the Medicine Abuse Project, which is to prevent half a million teenagers from abusing prescription medicine by 2017.

“CVS/pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Josh Flum, senior vice president of retail pharmacy at CVS Health. “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”

Centerfield’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Centerfield City residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number 1-866-559-8830 or visit http://www.cvs.com/safercommunities.