Since 2010, the Soldotna Police Department, along with the Central Peninsula Health Foundation, has made an effort to facilitate the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. The misuse of drugs prescribed to others is a growing problem nationwide, and leftover medications are sometimes being shared or sold on the street. By removing some prescription drugs from circulation, the department hopes to help reduce the risk that young children may find them and be accidentally poisoned. In addition to protecting children and others from misappropriating the drugs, safe medicine disposal may also prevent the contamination of groundwater supplies which can occur if the same drugs are flushed.

The Central Peninsula Health Foundation graciously provided the Soldotna Police Department with a secure drop box which is mounted in the lobby of the police department. Any unneeded prescription drugs can be brought to the police station and deposited anonymously in that repository. No questions will be asked regarding the origin of the drugs. Persons with unwanted over-the-counter products can bring those to the Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, which provides a complimentary community service by collecting those uncontrolled substances and insuring their proper disposal.

When depositing medications for disposal, please adhere to the following list of accepted items:

ACCEPTED:

• Prescriptions
• Over-the-Counter Medications
• Vitamins
• Samples
• Veterinary Medications
• Ointments
• Lotions
• Liquid Medication in Glass or Leak-Proof Containers

NOT ACCEPTED:

• Needles (Sharps)
• Thermometers
• Bloody or Infectious Waste
• Medications from Businesses or Clinics
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Aerosol Cans
• Inhalers