Schuyler Police Department recently received a prescription drug disposal container for community use.

The MedReturn disposal container was purchased using a grant from the Region 4 Behavioral Health System.

Police Chief K.C. Bang said the addition will be “good for the community."

“There has been a nationwide increase in abuse of prescription drugs,” Bang said. “A lot of the time there are people that don’t need the drugs that misuse them in a lot of dangerous ways. The goal of this dropbox is to give Schuyler a safe spot for their unused or empty medicine bottles.”

The disposal box, located inside the police station at 1020 A St., accepts prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, samples and pet medications.

Items that aren't accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, liquids or lotions, medication from businesses or clinics, thermometers and needles.

The police department will dispose of all medications dropped off.

“This is a good tool to make the city that much safer for people,” Bang said. “People can bag it up, drop it off and no questions will be asked. No one has to talk to us if they don’t want to, they can just drop it and go.”

Items can be dropped off at the station from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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