The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse teamed with Odessa Police Department and placed a permanent Medication Drop Box at the Odessa Police Department in the entryway, and so since May 1, 2014 the community of Odessa has had a permanent drop box and citizens from surrounding communities have been able to drop off all prescription and over the counter medicines in the box anonymously.
Limiting Misuse & Removing Hazards
The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Odessa Police Department hope to diminish the abundance of unused medicines in our community by having the Medication Drop Box in place so that people can freely come and discard all off there unused medicines and ensuring that they are not put in the wrong hands for misuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, for every 1 overdose death from prescription painkillers there are:
10 treatment admissions for abuse
32 emergency department visits for misuse or abuse
130 people who abuse or are dependent
825 people who take prescription painkillers for non-medical use
The medicines collected will be safely disposed of by the Odessa Police Department which will help to eliminate issues of water contamination and hazardous issues with our land.
Items Not Accepted
Due to being potentially hazardous the box will not accept: