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Drug Drop-Off Boxes available year round in Joplin

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF JOPLIN

All citizens---regardless of residency---have the option to dispose of unused, unwanted, surplus, orphaned and expired medicines by depositing them in the permanent drug drop-off boxes located at both Joplin Police Stations. This free service is provided by the partnership of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri-Safe Teens Initiative and the City of Joplin. Police officers will take possession of the drugs placed in the drop-off box and then dispose of them through incineration.

Kevin Theilen, Safe Teens Coordinator said, “We are doing everything we can to remove medications from households because teen prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse is on the rise. Surprisingly, research shows that teens get the drugs from family medicine cabinets.”

Joplin Police Officer Aaron Gooch further stated, “We encourage citizens to routinely clean out their medicine chests and be aware of drugs left behind in refrigerators, drawers, shelves, pantries, vehicles, and handbags---anyplace where children or thieves can gain access.”

As other communities are participating in a one-day national collection event on Saturday, Oct. 26, please noted that these boxes are available year round for citizens’ use.

Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator reported that the drop-off boxes in Joplin and nearby communities are designed to help prevent poisoning, diversion, theft, and accidents that could potentially harm citizens of all ages through the misuse of prescription medicine. Phillips added, “It also keeps drugs out of area landfills, waste water treatment plants, and ultimately out of our drinking water.”

The program does not accept syringes, lancets, needles (also known as sharps) or illicit controlled substances (such as marijuana or methamphetamine.) For sharps disposal methods, contact the City of Joplin at 624-0820 Ext. 501. If individuals find or desire to surrender an illicit or controlled substance, they should call Joplin Police at 623-3131 rather than risk handling or transporting the substances. Police will respond and handle such materials as abandoned property in accordance with their standard policy.

Deposits can be made anonymously in the box at the police desk inside the Donald Clark Justice Center, 303 East 3rd Street, from 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, and the south station at 115 East 34th Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on City designated holidays. Plastic bags are provided on the side of the box. Please take pills out of all bottles, seal, and place pills in the box. Personal hygiene products such as shampoo, hand cream, etc. are not accepted.

Permanent drop-off boxes are also located at the Jasper County Courthouse in Joplin, the Newton County Sherriff’s Office in Neosho, and police stations in Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, and Lamar.

For additional information contact Officer Aaron Gooch at 417-627-8880, AGooch@joplinmo.org; or Mary Anne Phillips, 417-624-0820, MPhillip@joplinmo.org; or Kevin Theilen at The Alliance, 417-782-9899, KTheilen@theallianceofswmo.org.


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