Medication Drop Boxes Added
Seven additional medication drop-off disposal boxes have been installed in Central Minnesota police departments. With these additional seven, a medication drop box is now located in every police department in Stearns County but St. Cloud.
Earlier this year, the Justin Pearson Foundation, a foundation established by Dan Pearson, owner of Pleasureland RV after the overdose death of his son, hosted a golf tournament to raise funds to provide medication disposal boxes for every police agency in the tri-county area that requested one. Stearns and Benton Counties now have medication disposal boxes in the following law enforcement agencies: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Kimball, Melrose, Paynesville, Sartell, Sauk Centre, St. Joseph, Waite Park, Rice, Sauk Rapids, Benton County and Stearns County Sheriff’s Offices. Belgrade will receive one soon.
These boxes are available for residents to safely dispose of their unused/unwanted medications. This proper disposal process incinerates the medications rather than having them flushed or dumped in landfills, which both end up contaminating the ground water supply. Disposing of medications also keeps them out of the hands of people who may abuse these drugs.
Every year the amount of medications collected through drop boxes in Stearns County rises. In 2011, when the program began, Stearns County collected 1,513 pounds of medications. By November of this year, that number stood at 4,451 pounds.
The need for medication drop boxes was realized about six years ago after a Take Back Event at Lake George resulted in 7 – 55 gallon barrels of medications being collected. That equals approximately 53,000 doses.
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