Niles police install drug drop box

People looking for a safe way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs can bring them to Niles.

This is the second such program launched in Trumbull County recently.

The police department recently installed a drop box in the lobby of the station, 15 E. State St.

“We wanted to get unwanted prescription medications out of homes so they wouldn’t be accessible to people that might abuse them,” said police Chief Robert Hinton in a prepared release.

Residents can access the box at any time.

Officers from the Trumbull Ashtabula Group will count the medications and destroy them.

The box was purchased by the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board through a grant from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities in partnership with the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and TAG, according to the release.

Medications accepted include: pills, capsules, patches, powders, vitamins, inhalers and pet meds. Drugs are to be in their original containers or in sealed plastic bags.

Not accepted are: liquids, needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers, IV bags, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers and illegal drugs.

For more information about the drop box, contact the Niles Police Department at 330-652-9944.

Earlier this year, Lordstown police installed a drop box as well at their station, 1583 Salt Springs Road.

Village police Chief Brent Milhoan said at the time that he installed the box to protect children and teenagers who may be tempted to explore their family's medicine cabinet.

Like the Niles box, Lordstown's is open around the clock.

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