The Phelps County Child Advocacy Network, Prevention Consultants of Missouri and the Rolla Police Department were recently selected through a competitive grant process to receive free of charge a permanent drug drop box through the Missouri Youth/Adult Alliance, a program of ACT Missouri.
In an effort to keep prescription drugs away from children, prescription drug abusers and out of the water supply, people are able to deposit their unwanted prescription drugs in this permanent drug drop box 24 hours per day.
The drug drop box is located inside the main lobby of the Rolla Police Department located at 1007 N. Elm St., Rolla.
Items accepted are prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, medications for pets, ointments, lotions and liquid medication in glass or leak-proof containers.
Those items not accepted are needles (sharps), thermometers, bloody or infections waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and inhalers.
It is a goal of the local agencies to lower the rates of prescription drug abuse through raising awareness and providing education on the dangers of prescription drugs to Missouri’s youth.