City of Arcata installs safe medication disposal cabinet in police department lobby

ARCATA, Ca. (KIEM) – From the Arcata Police Department:

Arcata Police Department is proud to announce the installation of a medication disposal cabinet located in the lobby of APD. The KidCents program and the Rite Aid Foundation provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to purchas medication disposal units to ensure that individuals can safely dispose of unwanted medications in an environmentally-friendly manner, while keeping them out of the hands of kids and teens. Arcata Police Department staff applied for this grant and the grant application was approved.

The U.S. is facing mounting issues surrounding drug addiction and drug overdoses.  These drug related issues present serious threats to the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of our communities.  APD would like to offer the community a safe and easy place to dispose of prescription medications. Citizens will have access to the cabinet to discard unwanted or expired prescriptions rather than discarding in landfills or down toilets.
The medication disposal cabinet is located inside the police department lobby at 736 F St, Arcata. Medications can be dropped off any time during business hours Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. The following items are not accepted in the cabinet:
  • Illegal drugs
  • Needles
  • Lotions or liquids
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Thermometers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide