June 10, 2011: The Delray Beach Police Department has installed a “Med Return” machine in its lobby, located at 300 West Atlantic Avenue. This machine accepts expired and/or unwanted medications and prescription drugs to ensure safe and proper disposal. The “Med Return” machine is available during Police Department lobby hours, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to - 8:00 pm (no hours on Saturday or Sunday).
This program, which was funded with Police forfeiture funds, has become increasingly important and assists with the prevention of overuse and/or misuse of prescription medication. Unwanted drugs and medications may be dropped off anonymously and all medications that are received are deposited into a locked and secured machine within the City’s Police Department.
Overuse and/or misuse of prescription medications has become a significant problem throughout the United States of America as evidenced by the recent “pill mill” legislation and crack downs. The public is encouraged to assist law enforcement by properly disposing of their unused prescription medication. This is a safer and more sustainable method of disposal than throwing away pills (keeps the medication out of the hands of children) and/or flushing them down the toilet and into the City’s wastewater treatment process.
For more information, please contact the Delray Beach Police Department at (561) 243-7888.
Nelson S. "Woodie" McDuffie, Mayor
Angeleta Gray, Vice-Mayor
Thomas Carney, Deputy Vice-Mayor
Fred Fetzer, Commissioner
Adam Frankel, Commissioner