Calhoun County anti-drug agency installs drug takeback bin at drug store

Updated: May. 14, 2019 at 4:53 PM CDT
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CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - In Calhoun County, a drug bin--like the ones installed in local police departments--is now located at a local drug store.

The Calhoun County Agency for Substance Abuse and Prevention installed the green MedReturn drug return bin this week at Downey's Drugs on Highway 202.

The bin was purchased with a grant from the state department of mental health.

It’s a place where people can drop off unused prescription medication to keep it away from addicts and children. Similarly, red bins sit at various lawn enforcement agencies like the Anniston Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

This is their first to be located in a civilian location.

"The advantage of that's because I know community members to kind of be wary if they're taking their medications to a police department," said Kenny Johnson, who works for the agency as a prevention specialist. "We want them to feel comfortable, and at ease, and we felt like Downey was a great place for that."

Members of ASAP urge people to bring in their unused medications. Throwing them in the trash raises the likelihood someone else will find them, while flushing them down the toilet is dangerous for the water supply.

A sign atop the bin says prescription medications of all types can be accepted but used needles and illegal drugs like meth or heroin cannot be.

If other drug stores want to host bins like this one, they can contact the agency at (256) 831-4436.

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