PPD, pharmacies install drug drop-box

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle The Princeton Police Department and three pharmacies installed a prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the public safety building. Pictured from left to right are pharmacist Scott Schloe from Coborn’s, Sgt. Joe Backlund, pharmacist Cheryl Nelson from Fairview and pharmacist Chelsea Brezinka from Walmart.

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle
The Princeton Police Department and three pharmacies installed a prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the public safety building. Pictured from left to right are pharmacist Scott Schloe from Coborn’s, Sgt. Joe Backlund, pharmacist Cheryl Nelson from Fairview and pharmacist Chelsea Brezinka from Walmart.

Last Saturday, April 26, was National Drug Take Back Day.

But every day is a drug take-back day in Princeton.

Sgt. Joe Backlund of the Princeton Police Department has been working with pharmacies at Coborn’s, Fairview Northland Medical Center and Walmart to establish a drug drop box at the new Princeton public safety building.

The box, which resembles a larger version of a mailbox, is now located inside the lobby of the public safety building by the offices of the Princeton Police Department.

People can deposit unused prescription drugs in the box during normal police department office hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Backlund said.

And while the police department does not have office hours on Saturdays or Sundays, arrangements can be made with officers on duty to make a drug drop-off, he said.

The placement of the box was a collaborative effort of the police department and the pharmacies. Coborn’s, Fairview and Walmart each contributed equally to the $800 cost of the box, Backlund said. The box has the police department logo emblazed on it, as well as the logos of the three donating companies.

With approval and permits in hand from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the box is ready to accept unused prescriptions. The box will be an asset to the community because the next closest facility for disposing of prescription drugs is 13 miles away at the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office in Milaca, Backlund said.

The prescription drugs deposited in the box will be stored in an evidence room at the police department. Once a year those drugs will be taken to a disposal facility in Alexandria, Backlund said.

 

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