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Critical Investigative Journalism

Q: Do consumers really use or need drop-boxes?
A:  In our 26-county pilot neighborhood, the DEA drug take-back initiative occurs every 6 months. Here’s how much medication was collected in a single day during our last event, from just 26 counties:

October 28, 2017:

On April 28, 2018:

Clearly, there's an evidence-based need and desire to dispose of medications. But, as you can guess, our community's need is not biannual. It's daily.

Q: Aren't drop-boxes expensive to install?
ACompared to the deaths they can potentially prevent? Responsibility doesn’t stop at the
pharmacy door. This is the moola the three biggest drug distributors take in every year:



In addition to our neighborhood pharmacies, distributors should step up and do their part to help curb this crisis. As should manufacturers.

Q: Where can a pharmacy get a drop-box? What about disposing of the medications? What if someone might break into their drop-box?

A:  Fortunately, over 11% of our local independent pharmacies have already figured it out. As has Walgreens, nationwide, whose advice is only a phone call away. As for security – it's unlikely that a locked box of unknown random medications would be more attractive to a thief than the pharmacy shelves full of known medications several feet away.

Q: Who has access to your medications?



5,182 lbs. = 2.59 Tons


Friends of kids,

House guests,


Family friends,




Medications in your kitchen, bathroom, drawer at work, car and elsewhere can find their way into  curious and/or addicted fingers of family, friends and colleagues.  Lock 'em up and dispose of your unused and expired meds.

5,767 lbs. = 2.88 Tons

Dear Pharmacy Leader,

Please do the right thing. Adding a medication disposal dropbox at the point of sale is a common sense solution for addressing our national crisis is a win-win.

Kind regards,

Your customers, neighbors and friends

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