In partnership with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), the Amherst Police Department has established a drug drop box in the police station lobby for the disposal of unneeded, expired, or unwanted medicines. NADDI is a non-profit organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and investigation of prescription drug diversion.
Most prescription medications should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown into the trash. The NADDI Rx Drug Drop Box program addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. Studies show that individuals that abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets.
The Amherst Police Department strongly encourages all residents to dispose of any expired, unwanted, or unneeded prescription (and non-prescription) medication. The service is provided free of charge, and the drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.