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ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit, SpectraCare Health Systems, and the Troy Police Department will dedicate a new prescription drug drop box on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. The dedication will take place at the Troy Police Department where the box is installed. The drop box is now available for  users to safely dispose of expired and unwanted drugs at any time, 24 hours a day. Consumers can access the building after hours by calling the dispatcher on the phone outside the entrance doors. Drop boxes are also available across the state.

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 six drop boxes in Alabama. Current prescription drop box sites are located at:

Department of Public Safety

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

453 University Services Building

Normal, Alabama 35762

(256) 372-5555

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

Troy Police Department 

300 East Elm Street

Troy, AL 36081

(334) 566-0500

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 coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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 known as SerPIE.

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