MINOOKA – With the closure of Minooka Pharmacy, Grundy County Coroner John Callahan and Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer have teamed up to have a deposit box placed at the Minooka police station so residents would have a safe place to dispose of medications.
“We figured it would be a good idea, especially after hearing speakers at the heroin forum discuss prescription pills being a gateway drug to heroin,” Meyer said.
In June 2012, Callahan placed the first box at the Morris police station, and since has had one in Minooka and Coal City. With the closure of the pharmacy where the Minooka box was located, Callahan feared people might dispose of their old prescriptions in an unsafe manner.
He said disposing the medications or used needles can cause hazards to others, as well as to the environment.
“This gives people in Minooka the opportunity to dispose of the items in a safe manner,” Callahan said. “Old medications in the wrong hands can lead to addiction or abuse, and disposing them in the toilet or down the sink causes a hazard to our water supply.”
Callahan said his office disposes of 50,000 pills a month, which equates to 900 pounds a year.
Medications are sent to a facility in Indiana where they are placed in an incinerator, and the bottles are stripped of any labels and recycled.
“They are disposed of in the best interest of the environment,” Callahan said.
A deposit box has been placed at the Minooka Police Station so residents have a safe place to dispose of prescribed medications. The police station is at 121 McEvilly Road in Minooka. Medications can be dropped off during lobby hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.