Twin Falls Police Declare Drug Bin Drop-off A Success


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) - The Twin Falls Police Department’s prescription drug disposal bin exceeded expectations when it netted more than 74 pounds of prescription drugs, preventing the medications from harming water supplies or falling into the wrong hands.
On Oct. 22, 2012, the department installed a prescription drug drop off bin for all unwanted prescription pills and patches. The free service has been made available to the public to prevent improper disposal of Prescription medications.
Since the bin has been installed, the department has collected 74 pounds of medication — the equivalent of almost eight pounds per week that has been kept out of our landfills, water supplies and from illegal activities.
“This is really a partnership with the community, where we provide the service and ask members of the community to take advantage of it,” said Dan Heil, Crime Prevention Officer with the City of Twin Falls Police Department. “We are pleased that it has been so successful in preventing improper disposal of prescription medications.”
The bin, which is located in the lobby of the Twin Falls Police Department, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who dispose of prescription medications are urged to use the free resource, rather than disposing of prescription drugs in unsafe ways.
The department would like to remind citizens that the bin does not accept any liquids, needles or other controlled substances. The bin is intended for prescription pills and patches only. If citizens have any questions, they can contact the department at 208-735-4357.

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