The Columbia Heights Police Department now offers citizens the ability to drop off unused prescription drugs. A Prescription Drug Take Back Container is located in the lobby of the Columbia Heights Public Safety Center at 825 41st Ave. NE. Citizens can drop off their unused prescription drugs during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there have been decreases in the use of some illegal street drugs such as cocaine, nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who have used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically. Columbia Heights Police Chief Scott Nadeau said "understanding that prescription drug abuse is a concern around the country, as well as in our area, we are proud to offer this proactive approach to assisting our citizens in disposing of old and unused medications."
There is no fee for this service. The Columbia Heights Police Department only accepts household prescription pills, capsules, caplets, and tablets.
The Columbia Heights Police Department does not accept over-the-counter medications, liquids (including ampoules, vials, or IV bags), sharps (needles, lancets, or syringes), and fever thermometers, medical supplies (including bandages, or medical tape, or medical devices. CHPD will also not accept prescription drugs from a commercial business.
The above information can be found at the Columbia Heights Police Department’s Facebook Page.