On July 19, the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and the Hamilton Police Department hosted a Safe Medicine Collection & Disposal Event at the Hamilton Library. Community members brought their expired, unneeded or leftover medication for responsible disposal. HACC members Corey MacPherson, Chelsea Lehmann, and Ryan Zoellner were on hand to assist with the event. In all, about 100 pounds of waste medication was collected and transferred to police custody. The collection bags filled the entire back seat of the police cruiser! Special thanks to Officer Michael Mordus, Jr, for volunteering to oversee the event and once again demonstrating his commitment to a safe & healthy community.
Safe disposal of medicine is important in order to reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse. One of the most common ways young people obtain prescription drugs is from a grandparent’s medicine cabinet. These medications also have a high street value and are often sold or traded among friends. By reducing access to prescription medications, we are taking one step forward in ending the opioid crisis.
Thank you to all those who participated, and to those who volunteered. Special thanks to Hilary Virgil, director of the Hamilton Public Library, for requesting and hosting this event. The next collection event will be held this fall, look for details later this summer.