Each of the bins, provided by the McDonough post office and refurbished by the club, will help the police department with its drug disposal program, initiated in January.
Tony Moye, club member, retired pharmacist and founder of Moye’s Pharmacy, said Henry County ranks fifth in the number of most controlled substances prescribed in the state.
Officer Joseph Hencely said this is why the donation was so vital to the police department in its efforts to prevent improper methods of prescription drug disposal, such as throwing them away or flushing them.
“The overall goal of this project is to protect the members of our community and the environment,” he said. “The drugs leach into the ground and water tables contaminating our streams, rivers and lakes [when disposed of improperly]. The police department and the county want to provide a safe and secure way to dispose of the drugs.”
Brain Strickland, club president, reiterated how crucial it is to protect the county’s residents.
“Many adults fail to realize how dangerous expired prescription drugs sitting in their bathroom cabinets are,” he said. “By promoting the disposal of these expired drugs, we hope to bring awareness to the issue and to help prevent these drugs from falling into the hands of our most vulnerable.”
Residents can drop off unwanted prescriptions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at police headquarters, 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. in McDonough and the police department’s north precinct, 4545 North Henry Blvd. in Stockbridge.
Syringes will not be collected. The pills will be incinerated along with the police department’s routine disposal of street drugs during the normal course of business.