Through a donation from the Wawasee Kiwanis Club, the Syracuse Police
Department has installed a medication drop box which allows residents to dispose of expired and unwanted prescription medication, safely.
The prescription drop box is located on the northside of the Syracuse Town Hall and is designated for people to pull up to in their cars – just like a postal box – and drop unwanted medication into the secure container. The container is kept locked and under 24-hour video surveillance by the police department.
Medications dropped in the box will be removed and destroyed in cooperation of the guidelines set by the United states Drug Enforcement Administration. “With prescription drug abuse being a very large problem in the United States as well a our own area, we felt the proactive thing to do was to install this drop box to make the disposal of the medications easier and more convenient for the residents of the Syracuse area and to ensure these meds do not get discarded in other less safe manners,” stated Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello.
“It is with the great generosity of the Wawasee Kiwanis Club that this was able to happen. The money donated to the police department by them helped to offset the cost of this box and installation,” added Ciriello.
The drop box is identical to one that is currently in use at the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department in Warsaw. That drop box has been in use since September has proven to be a big success.
Ciriello encourages citizens to take advantage of this drop box and to help spread the word that it is there an available. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the police department at (574) 457-3666.