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Calcasieu Sheriff's Office adds 'dropbox' for unwanted medications

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has installed a permanent dropbox for unwanted medications at their location on E. Broad St. in Lake Charles.

The box is located inside the lobby of the Administration building. It is a way for the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications.

"The drop box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for individuals to bring their medications for disposal free of charge," said Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office, in a news release.

"This program is absolutely anonymous, and no questions or requests for identification will be made by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office law enforcement personnel," said Myers.

Those who wish to drop off medications should remove their personal information from the container(s) before depositing them.

Accepted medications include controlled substances, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, sample medications, vitamins, inhalers, medical syrups, ointments, creams and lotions.

The following items will not be accepted: needles, syringes, lancets, mercury or cadmium products, biohazardous waste (IV bags, bandages, gowns, etc.), aerosol cans, disinfectants and personal care products. 

The drug drop box is made possible by a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

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