Give drugs to police

Don’t pop pills in the garbage can, and certainly don’t flush them down the toilet. Save people and the environment potential harm.

A grouping of Vicodin pills is shown. (2009 file / News Tribune)

The Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor police departments have drop boxes for unwanted medications, and now the Superior Police Department has set up a drop box, too. Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse said improper disposal is a problem.

“Some of the prescription painkillers are commonly abused.” LaGesse told Wisconsin Public Radio. “They’re very addictive, so that the people that do have addictions are looking for pills that meet that need that they have, and there’s always a chance that kids can get into them and experiment with the drugs that are there, and not really know what they’re taking.”

Medication for people and pets can be dropped off confidentially at the drop box in the police department reception area, 1316 N. 14th St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Just drop it off in its original bottle with the patient name blacked out. Needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers aren’t accepted.