Boise residents and college students now have a safe place to drop off unwanted medications and outdated prescriptions at the Boise Police Department’s campus substation, 2245 W. University Drive, police announced Friday.
Boise State University is the newest partner in a medication-collection program launched in 2009 between Boise’s public works and police departments, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Garden City and Eagle police, according to a BPD news release.
In addition to public safety benefits, the proper disposal of medication has a real impact on Boise’s water quality, officials said. Flushing unwanted or expired medication down the drain or toilet can harm the city’s water renewal process and the Boise River.
“How we handle these medications from our homes makes a real difference for water quality in our community,” said Angela Deckers, Boise’s hazardous materials coordinator. “Flushing or disposing of these medications in the landfill are some of the worst options, so through great partnerships like this one, we’ll make it easier and more accessible for residents to properly dispose of these medications and keep pharmaceutical compounds out of our water renewal process and the landfill.”
Since 2009, more than19 tons of medications have been collected throughout Ada County, according to the news release. As outreach and the number of sites increased, from 2015 to 2016, the amount of medication collected jumped 29 percent from 2015 to 2016, BPD reports.
Medications may be dropped off at any location during business hours. Most sites, including the new Boise State location, are open Monday through Friday. Medications may be bagged, and any liquid medication must remain in original containers. No needles or sharps are permitted.
Disposal sites can be found across Boise, as well as in Garden City, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, and Kuna.