The new drop box at the Lander Police Department (Joshua Scheer photo)

The drop box in the Lander Police Department lobby. 

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – A new local “lock box” will encourage the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs and help prevent prescription drug abuse, Wyoming Prevention Management Organization announced today. Lock boxes allow people to easily and anonymously dispose of prescription drugs.  Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

As previously reported by County10.com, Local lock boxes are available in Riverton, Lander and Dubois.  The one in Riverton is located at 816 North Federal Boulevard in the City Hall Building, Lander’s is at 250 Lincoln Street in the Police Department, and the Dubois box is located at the Court House at 712 Meckem St.

“Most people don’t realize most illegally sold prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets,” states a news release about the boxes. “Keeping track of drugs, reducing the availability of drugs in the home, and getting rid of unneeded drugs are the best practices citizens can implement to fight prescription drug abuse.”

According to information on the boxes, prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and pet medications are all accepted. Not accepted are: thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, liquids, medications form businesses or clinics, and needles.

Some unused, non-narcotic medications can also be donated to the Wyoming Medication Donation Program, which is operated by the Wyoming Department of Health. For more information, call 1-855-257-5041.

The lock box program is supported by a grant from the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming using funding provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.