Rindge police department get new sharps, medication take back boxes

  • Last week, the Rindge Police Department had a sharps disposal and safe medication disposal box installed, offering Rindge residents the ability to drop off unused and unwanted drugs during the station's regular business hours. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:25AM

The Rindge Police Department has installed a safe medication disposal and sharps disposal box at the town’s police station. 

Police Chief Daniel Anair said Tuesday afternoon that the two boxes will allow Rindge residents the opportunity to drop off their unwanted and expired medications, needles, auto injectors, and more during the department’s normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

“I would rather provide this service to residents than see a kid stuck with a needle,” said Anair. “These boxes will be a good resource for the town, I feel. To me, it’s been an important thing – I want as many unused prescriptions out of the house as possible.”

Anair said no tax dollars were needed for the boxes, as the $1,000 safe medication disposal box was paid for by a Rite Aid Foundation grant and the $1,800 sharps disposal box was paid for with donations from Rindge Crime Watch, Rindge Woman’s Club, P.O.O.R., Rindge Police Association, and two private donors. 

“We kind of tripped and fell into the grant. It couldn’t have worked out better,” said Anair.

Anair said the department had been receiving donations for a medication disposal box, which caused him to research the cost. When he called a company who supplied the boxes, they alerted him of the grant. The grant was approved within two weeks of submitting the application. 

“I’m blown away that we were able to do both,” said Anair. 

Prior to the boxes, Anair said the only way the department could accept prescriptions was on drug take back days. Anair said he would reassess at a later date whether the department still needed to participate  in future take back days, now that the town has the boxes.