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Normal, Ala. – On Tuesday, February 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, SpectraCare Health Systems, and the Dale County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate a new prescription drug drop box. The dedication is open to the public and will be held at the Sheriff’s Office where the drop box is installed. The public can safely dispose of expired and unwanted drugs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where to find drop boxes

During the last three years, Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit and local and state partners have installed four drop boxes in Alabama. Four new boxes are scheduled for installation in Troy and Huntsville, Alabama in 2019. Current prescription drop box sites are located at:

Dale County Police Department
113 West Reynolds Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
(334) 774-2335

Dothan Police Department
210 North Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, Alabama  36303
(334) 615-3000

Eufaula Police Department
545 East Barbour Street
Eufaula, AL 36027
(334) 687-1200

Geneva County Courthouse
200 North Commerce
Geneva, AL 36340
(334) 684-5660

What happens with unused or expired drugs?

Unused or expired drugs can end up in water supplies, landfills, or garbage cans where people can easily find them. Alabama and other states now face another drug challenge–the rise of opioid drug use. An estimated 130 Americans die each day as a result of opioid drugs. Prescription drop boxes help to remove unwanted drugs from homes and safeguard the health of children and teens.

Alabama Extension also encourages residents to take advantage of Drug Take Back days that occur across the state on the last Saturday in the months of April and October. The next DEA National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27.

Visit www.aces.edu/urban to find a drug take back event near you or to learn more about Alabama Extension’s Synergistic Efforts to Reduce Pharmaceuticals in the Environment program; also know as SerPIE.

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