Hermiston Police News: Prescription Drug Drop-Box Received via Grant

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On the 15th of August 2012, the Hermiston Police Department in conjunction with the office of the city manager and the wastewater department received a grant for a prescription drug box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI).

The NADDI has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America’s 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the home and legally and safely turn them over to law enforcement for proper chain of custody and court ordered destruction. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis as part of their regular operations. (information taken from the NADDI website)

In addition to the above information, it is the intent of the Hermiston Police Department to properly dispose of these prescription medicines through incineration.  In 2009, the Hermiston Police Department purchased a high end incinerator to properly dispose of things such as this.

“This idea came from one of our officers during a department meeting.  The trickle down impact by having this box available for citizens to come to the lobby of the station and dispose of medicines (no liquids) with no questions asked is only going to help improve the livability of our citizens and potentially keep our wastewater clear of high levels of controlled substances.”  Chief Jason Edmiston

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