A permanent Prescription Drop Box is a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) approved secure Drop Box for people to drop off their unwanted or expired prescription medications so they don't end up in the wrong hands.
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Law Enforcement Testimonials
Sheriff William Redman
St. Joseph County Sheriffs Department
“I wholeheartedly support the mission of the 525 Foundation and their dedication of making our community drug free and safe. I encourage all Police Departments to look into a 525 Foundation Drop 2 Stop prescription disposal box for their department. Adding this program to our department has been a blessing for our community. It's a safe and convienent option for members of the community to dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription medications.” - Sheriff William Redman
Frequently Asked Questions
A Prescription Drop Box is a DEA ( Drug Enforcement Administration) approved secure Drop Box for people to drop off their unwanted or expired prescription medications so they don't end up in the wrong hands.
Prescription Drop Boxes can be installed in the following locations: Police/Law Enforcement Agencies, Free Standing Pharmacy or within a Hospital/Clinic that has a Pharmacy and a Licensed Pharmacist or a Long Term Care Facilities.
HOW SECURE ARE THE PRESCRIPTION DROP BOXES?
Our Drop Boxes are trusted by the DEA ( Drug Enforcement Administration) and are fully compliant with their guidelines. The Drop Boxes are rust-proof and made in the USA with 18-gauge powder coated steel. The secure Drop Box should be bolted to the floor in it's permanent location. The 525 Foundation is not responsible for the installation of the Drop Box.
Adjustable hopper door
Accommodates a 6″ diameter bottle that is 12″ tall
Tilt & slide delivery
ADA height compliant – under 48” tall
Industrial hinge door
Anti-pry (can not be pried open)
Two double-bitted registered keys – can’t be copied
Double locking system – meets DEA requirement 1317.75(g)
Installed with stainless steel wedge anchors
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE PRESCRIPTION DROP BOX?
Our Drop Box Dimensions are:
19"x20.5" x 47" tall.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A PRESCRIPTION DROP BOX?
Please contact us today to discuss a drop box for your specific location. Due to shipping costs varying per state we would be happy to quote you once we know more about your location and needs.
HOW ARE THE PILLS STORED IN THE DROP BOX UNTIL DESTRUCTION OF THE PILLS?
The Drop Box holds special liners inside the box itself. The liners come in a value pack of 3 and hold up to 28 gallons of prescription waste. How soon you will need to order more will be solely dependent upon how often your community members are utilizing the Drop Box. *Note, Law Enforcement agencies are not mandated to purchase the liners as they are responsible for their own destruction of pills.
WHAT IS THE COST TO DISPOSE OF THE PRESCRIPTION PILLS WHEN THE DROP BOX NEEDS TO BE EMPTIED?
The cost of the value pack of liners (3) is $382.00. This cost includes the liners, shipping for destruction, and the destruction of the meds.
WHO EMPTIES THE DROP BOXES AND SHIPS THEM OFF FOR DESTRUCTION?
Law Enforcement Agencies do not need to purchase the liners or ship them for destruction as they are able to o their own destruction.
If you are a Pharmacy or Hospital/Clinic, this process should involve 2 people and that number should always include a Licensed Pharmacist to be present. Each Hospital/Facility will have their own Policies and Procedures around this step of the process.
HOW CAN I GET A DROP 2 STOP BOX FOR MY COMMUNITY?
First, check with the facility you wish to have the Drop Box at, make sure they are willing to have the Drop Box in their facility. Then, simply contact us and we will have our Program Manager start the quote process with you and have a mock up image prepared so you can see what the co-branding would look like for the new drop box.
HOW DO COMMUNITIES/ORGANIZATIONS PAY FOR THE DROP BOXES AND DESTRUCTION COSTS?
Some communities may have grants that you may be able to apply for to help fund the cost of the Prescription Drop Box. Communities can also do this a as High School Service Project where the High Schoolers would raise money from the community to fund the purchase of the Drop Box for their community. You can also ask for sponsors in your community to sponsor the Drop Box. Hospital Organizations sometimes have a foundation that they can pull the funds from and then work the destruction cost into the pharmacy budget for the year. These are just some ideas. Keep in mind that there are NO destruction charges with Law Enforcement Agencies as they handle their own destruction. So, for a police station, the only cost is the Drop Box itself.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET OUR DROP BOX AFTER WE PLACE THE ORDER?
It typically takes 4-6 weeks from the time the order is submitted to the time it arrives at your location. This time period includes build time of the unit, graphics package applied to the Drop Box and the shipping of the unit to your facility. This 4-6 week period gives you time to spread the word to your community and do some marketing/media around the "NEW" Prescription Drop Box your community is about to receive!
HOW ARE THE PILLS DISPOSED OF?
Law Enforcement is responsible for their own destruction. Any other facility will package up the box ( liner ) of medications with a Licensed Pharmacist. The package is then logged into the tracking system and shipped to the destruction facility via UPS. UPS is the only authorized carrier approved to handle these packages. Once destruction is complete, data on how many pounds of pills were destructed of will be given back to the Drop 2 Stop facility and the 525 Foundation via an online portal that you will get with our program for easy tracking.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL LICENSES REQUIRED?
If you are a Pharmacy within a Hospital/Clinic/Grocery Store, you will need to apply with Form 224 with the DEA for a TAKE BACK LICENSE before you may start the process of promoting your Drop 2 Stop Prescription Drop Box. The application fee is $731.00 through the DEA website and is good for 3 years. Once you apply for the Take Back status, a local DEA agent will come out and inspect where you plan on putting the drop box. All drop boxes that are not within a Law Enforcement Agency must have 24/7 security which can include video monitoring cameras.You are also required by the DEA to have 24/7 video monitoring of the Drop Box.
WHAT ARE ACCEPTABLE ITEMS AND NOT ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR YOUR DROP BOX?
Prescriptions- schedule II-V controlled & non-controlled substances
Over the counter medication
Vape Pens without the battery
Not Acceptable Items:
Lotions or Liquids
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