GIPD No Longer Taking Prescription Drugs - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

GIPD No Longer Taking Prescription Drugs

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It's a service aimed at preventing drug abuse and water contamination, but it's been stopped in Grand Island for now.

A bi-annual prescription drug take-back event in G.I. took in 215 pounds of pills in October alone.

Since, the Grand Island Police Department has acted as a more permanent host for drop-offs.

"[There was] a huge response," said Chief Steve Lamken.

But, this month they ran into a problem.

"We were disposing of the drugs at a local incinerator that actually meets all the standards for disposing of drugs; but then it was found out that they needed a license to do so," said Lamken.

G.I.P.D. stopped taking prescription drugs, but Lamken said the service is still needed.

"Some of them are probably scheduled drugs; you would call them narcotics, pain killers or whatever. It's good to get those off the street. You don't want people misusing them, reselling them, anything like that," he said. "The other side of it is more just in the support of the community. You don't want them in your landfill and you don't want them flushed down the toilet because the wastewater treatment plant won't process them out. They stay in the water stream."

Lamken said a lot of people don't know what to do with their left over pills, so police continue to work with the Grand Island Substance Abuse Coalition to find a solution.

"Many of the citizens that have come in to the service desk have commented that they really appreciated the service and were sad that it was closed," said Lamken.

Authorities say until you can dispose of your prescriptions properly, keep them in a safe place. Do not throw them away or flush them down the toilet or drain.

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