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Generic prescription drug drop box

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The opioid epidemic is having a huge impact on Alabama. In fact, in 2017, Alabama led the nation with the highest opioid prescription rate. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Alabama providers wrote nearly 144 prescriptions for every 100 people.

Earlier this year, the Huntsville Police Department unveiled two new prescription drug drop boxes at the North and South Precincts. Huntsville now has drop-off locations at all of its precincts. The drop boxes are a great resource for the people and community.

The Synergistic Efforts to Reduce Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (SerPIE) program takes a one health approach to addressing issues related to pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). It looks at human, animal and environmental aspects of the problem. The program’s major focus is to provide outreach education and resources that keep PPCPs out of our waterways and the environment.

“Over the past seven years, Alabama Extension worked with law enforcement agencies through the SerPIE program to install permanent prescription drug drop boxes throughout the state of Alabama, including Madison County,” said Karnita Garner, an Alabama Extension environmental specialist.

New Boxes

These drop boxes allow citizens to anonymously drop off unwanted and expired drugs during the location’s hours of operation. This reduces the accessibility of drugs in the home and community that may be readily available for use or misuse by teens or adults. According to Mark McMurray, Huntsville Police Chief  teens in search of drugs are the cause of a lot of home break-ins.

Once collected, the drugs are incinerated and diverted from our landfills and waterways.

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University continues to seek out opportunities that improve the quality of life for Alabamians. Celvia Stovall, Alabama Extension associate director, supports these efforts.

“I hope that the installation of prescription drop boxes will have a positive impact on Alabama’s current opioid problem,” Stovall said.

Huntsville Drop Box Locations

Look for the nearest location to drop off your unused or expired prescription drugs. Here are the locations in Huntsville.

North Precinct
4014 N Memorial Pkwy
(256) 746-4100
Hours: Monday-Friday -8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

South Precinct
7900 Bailey Cove Road
(256) 213-4500
Hours: Monday-Friday -8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

West Precinct
2110 Clinton Avenue
(256) 427-5461
Hours: Monday-Friday -8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Police Headquarters
815 Wheeler Avenue
Hours: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Other SerPIE Initiatives

Alabama Extension also encourages residents to take the lock your meds pledge at https://www.lockyourmeds.org/pledge/ and to take advantage of the drug take back days coordinated by the DEA. These days 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, Oct. 26.

Visit the Urban Extension page of the Alabama Extension website to find a drug take back event near you or to learn more about the SerPIE program.

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