LINCOLN, Ill. (WAND) — Lincoln Police Chief Joseph Meister announced the department has discontinued a 24-hour drop box to collect unused or expired prescription drugs.
According to a release from the department, the box was installed in 2018 as a convenient way for the public to dispose of prescription drugs. However, the submission box was often filled with prohibited and dangerous materials. To reduce the risk to staff, the box was permanently removed.
The department says it will still accept the drugs for disposal if they are properly submitted. Pills should be removed from the original packaging and placed in a clear, airtight, ziplock storage bag and brought to the LPD lobby at 710 5th Street. Staff will only accept properly packaged prescriptions for disposal.
The department does not accept the following items:
- Liquids – including inhalers and creams
- Sharps – including syringes and diabetic supplies
- Non-medical (personal hygiene) items and dressing materials
- Medicines in original containers
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