Community members now have a safe and convenient way to get rid of old prescription medications in Carlsbad. The CIty of Carlsbad Police and Fire departments have installed a new drop box at the city's Safety Center located at 2560 Orion Way. Members of the public may come Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and anonymously drop medications into the drop-box.
The need for drop-boxes arose when it was determined these medications present a risk to our community by either falling into the wrong hands or by damaging our environment through improper disposal.
Drop-boxes are for unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. Medications in standard containers may be deposited in those containers. Please put loose medication into a plastic bag before depositing them into the box. Also, ensure any liquid medication is enclosed in a secure container before depositing. Syringes should not be placed into the drop-box. A sharps container will be available for syringe collection.
"Installation of the drop-box provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs," say Chief of Police Gary Morrison. "Having the drop-box is not only a community convenience but helps us to educate the community about the risks of improper disposal."