PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL
In December 2017, through the generosity of CVS Pharmacy® and The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the Ephrata Police Department was pleased to bring the citizens of Ephrata a new option in the quest to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. The Ephrata Police Department was granted a new shiny red Med-Return Drug Collection Unit to help our community dispose of dangerous prescription medications. It has been placed in the lobby of City Hall. This collection unit is available during the city’s business hours of Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm excluding holidays.
There is also a 24 hour, collection box on the west side of the City Hall building in the alley. This through-the-wall drop slot is very limited on space. Please use this box for small items only. Be sure to push the item directly to back of the slot and listen for the item to drop.
Here are a few tips on how to use these collection boxes:
These collection units are for private citizens. Medicines brought in from nursing homes, clinics, doctors’ offices, or any other entity which distributes medications will not be accepted. These types of agencies should be utilizing the outside, private resources available to them.
What happens to the drugs after they have been collected?
After each collection, police staff will seal the box and weigh it. It is then stored for a trip to the Spokane Waste to Energy Plant where it will be placed into a giant steel claw and dropped directly into the incinerator.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT SHARPS (NEEDLES, SYRINGES, LANCETS).
Disposing of Sharps:
Use a study plastic bottle or a tin can to collect your used sharps, no more than three quarters (¾) full. Once full, duct tape the lid closed, write “SHARPS” on the container with a permanent marker, then throw it away with your regular garbage.
Consolidated Disposal Services, Inc (CDSI) allows for private citizens to place these containers in your trash bags for regular garbage pickup.
If you have any questions about how to dispose of prescription medications, sharps or any other biohazard, call Heather in Evidence at 754-2491.