'Good response' to drug disposal program in Rochester

By Tanner Harding | Oct 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Rochester Police Department Officers package up drugs from the kiosk.

Rochester — The Rochester Police Department disposed of 40 pounds of unwanted prescription medication last week. While that might seem like a lot, it's not an unusual amount for the department.

“We usually get 30 to 40 pounds a month of prescriptions,” explained Sergeant Robert Small. “…One month we had 60 or 70 pounds. It’s quite a bit, especially for a little town like Rochester,” he said.

The station has a medicine return kiosk in the lobby, where residents can stop by and dispose of prescriptions any time. No questions are asked. It’s a statewide program, and Small estimates that the Rochester Police Department has been participating for the last few years.

“It’s been utilized quite a bit,” he said. “It’s a safer alternative for people who don’t want those things hanging around their house.”

Every month or so, officers empty the kiosk, package up the drugs and send them off to be destroyed.

“It’s gotten a pretty good response,” Small said. “It’s nice to know it serves a need.”

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