Belmont police allow for safe drug disposal
Belmont police have come up with a new, safe way to dispose of unneeded or expired drugs: a box in the department's lobby.
CVS donated drop off boxes that will be used starting this month with no charge to the department. Pharmacies are not allowed to take back certain controlled medicines like pain relievers and stimulants.
Formerly, the only option for safe drug disposal in Belmont was through take-back days, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration only one day a year.
Belmont police were concerned that the only way Belmont citizens could dispose of medications was by throwing them away, or flushing them. Throwing a medication away does not ensure it will be destroyed, but the flushing method runs the risk of allowing drugs back into the water supply.
Belmont police became concerned after a child took unattended drugs, and had to be hospitalized earlier this year. The child survived, but the event brought the problem of drug disposal into the light, and led the Belmont Police Department to meet the requirements for providing a drop off box: that it be accessible to the public, the agency already have a way to dispose of drugs, and the box be secure.