All citizens---regardless of
residency---have the option to dispose of unused, unwanted, surplus, orphaned
and expired medicines by depositing them in the permanent drug drop-off box located
at the Joplin Police Station. Joplin Police Captain Rusty Rives stated, “As
other communities are participating in a one-day national collection event on
Saturday, April 29, please note that the drop-off box at the Joplin Police
Station is available year round for citizens’ use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
At home, please take pills out of
all bottles, place in a sealed plastic bag, and then deliver sealed bag to a
drop-off box. Personal hygiene products and liquid medicine is not
This free service is provided by
the partnership of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri-Safe Teens Initiative and
the City of Joplin. Police officers will take possession of the drugs
placed in the drop-off box and then dispose of them through incineration.
The Joplin Police Department
encourages citizens to routinely clean out their medicine chests and be aware
of drugs left behind in refrigerators, drawers, shelves, pantries, vehicles,
and handbags---anyplace where children or thieves can gain access.
Kevin Theilen, Safe Teens
Coordinator said, “We are doing everything we can to remove medications from
households because abuse of prescription drugs are now the leading cause of
death in teenagers. Unfortunately 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription
drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine
Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin
Recycling Coordinator reported that the drop-off box in Joplin and nearby
communities are designed to help prevent poisoning, diversion, theft, and
accidents that could potentially harm citizens of all ages through the misuse
of prescription medicine. Phillips added, “It also keeps drugs out of
area landfills, waste water treatment plants, and ultimately out of our
The program does not
accept syringes, lancets, needles (also known as sharps), illicit
controlled substances (such as marijuana or methamphetamine), or liquid
medicine. For sharps disposal methods, contact the City of Joplin at
624-0820 ext. 501. If individuals find or desire to surrender an illicit
or controlled substance, they should call their local law enforcement agency
rather than risk handling or transporting the substances. Police will
respond and handle such materials as abandoned property in accordance with
their standard policy.
Deposits can be made anonymously
in the box at the Donald Clark Justice Center, 303 East Third Street from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday except on City designated holidays.
Permanent drop-off boxes are also located at the Jasper County Courthouse in
Joplin, the Newton County Sherriff’s Office in Neosho, the McDonald County
Sherriff’s Office in Pineville, and police stations in Carthage, Webb City,
Carl Junction, Seneca, and Lamar.
For additional information
contact Captain Rusty Rives at 417-623-3131 ext. 639, RRives@joplinmo.org; or Mary Anne Phillips,
417-624-0820 ext. 501, MPhillip@joplinmo.org; or Kevin Theilen at The
Alliance, 417-782-9899, KTheilen@theallianceofswmo.org.